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  • Turbo Tax and other tax SW are the GREATEST weapons against the IRS ever devised!
    The Original Joe S
    The Gubmint makes the tax code so complicated that ordinary people make mistakes and get triple-hammered. The SW defeats that. Plug in your numbers and press the button! The scumbags at IRS can't argue with it - the computer does all the work of finding all de-ducks and such which you merit. It's WORTH every penny you spend on it. Ha ha ha ha!
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  • Taxation
    SockRayBlue
    Is this news supposed to make us feel sorry for the government agency? I certainly will not shed a tear. Manny of the agencies such as Homeland Security, TSA and BATF (need I continue?)are giant government make work projects for the hardcore unemployable.
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  • Flat Tax will solve that
    Northforker
    no audits, no deductions, no exemptions, no tax lawyers, 75,000 less IRS agents
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  • Hear, hear!
    Steven P
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  • Wrong and it won't work
    fedforlife
    Unless you like to pay 35 - 40% taxes. No country in the world has ever been able to establish a flat tax alone. Look at some of the EU countries. Effective tax rates anywhere from 50 - 80% (that's a flat tax and VAT tax folks). What we have is better than what anyone has come up with. Plus, you'd still be on the hook for SS, Medicare, State, and in some places locality tax.
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  • Headline for this article.
    helloutthere
    How can we help.
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  • Wow
    FrankJr
    Nearly 100k employees, with 70% near retirement age? Thats one very expensive, low productivity workforce, good riddance. Replace them with a bunch of college kids who understand computers for 30-40k a year, probably do the work of 3 of the old guys.
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  • Wow
    Fedweb
    Sorry Frank, unless the IRS moves its entire operation to Alabama or Mississippi, where people can live on '30-40k a year', the IRS isn't going to attract replacements for the 'old guys' at that salary. As for Joe S's comment on TurboTax, the IRS has for several years offered a free E-file service based on that software, linked from the IRS website at http://freetaxusa.com. You can also do your state return (at least for Virginia) through that service for a small fee. But the IRS and the state revenue agencies still have to have someone to process your payment if you owe more, or your refund if you're due one.
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  • Wrong
    FrankJr
    Every day I see articles on how recent grads cant find work. If you offer 35k starting salaries in this area for a Federal job where you have zero chance of being laid off, with health and retirement benefits that blow away the private sector you will have hundreds of thousands of applicants.
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  • Computers are not the issue
    wisenekt
    the tax law is and for that, you do want people that have been to the rodeo a few times before hand. If you hire a bunch of college kids, then you will get answers that are not correct. There is a huge learning curve for the IRS (if you doubt that, try to do your own taxes without software and see how easy it is) and newbies will not get the grasp for a few cycles. The IRS seems like a place where you have to experience things to really understand them, as well as being able to stomach reading hundreds of pages of tax law. Most college kids can barely open a textbook.
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  • Well
    FrankJr
    Ive done my taxes plenty of times by hand, to check the computers accuracy, but I am not some average US idiot. The fact of the matter is, older employees are much less effective at everything with the sole exception of management, and its time to trim the fat. Its also time to simplify the tax code so we dont need 100k people checking over returns.
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  • You can thank Congress for the tax laws
    fedforlife
    The IRS only implements them. I have been there for over 25 years and if people think we sit around and do nothing, think again. Congress has passed the tax laws in December and we have to have the code into Production Jan 1. Name any company that can do the analysis, design, coding, and testing in less than 30 days successfully. Not to mention that the IRS is the ONLY non-DOD government agency to achieve CMMI Level 3 certification on Software development. No agency can claim that. And we did it in less than a year after we achieved Level 2 certification, something that NO agency, DOD or non-DOD has done.
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  • That explains a lot
    labillyboy
    Now I know why I just got hit with a tax lien for $85,000 when I owe $zero.... looks like they took my refund of $86 and moved the decimal point in their favor... They actually filed a lien w/o any contact... my tax accountant is now trying to straighten it all out and get the lien off my credit... They can't fix the tax system fast enough for me. Just take 10% out of everybody's pay and keep it. Then don't spend any more than you take in, 10% ought to be plenty.
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  • Time for a Flat Tax and further IRS cuts
    Northforker
    We need a flat, fair tax with zero deduction and zero exemptions, then we won't need 100,000 IRS employees. Problem solved.
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  • Shrinking the IRS and all of government
    margielyle
    Solving any problems of manpower shortages at the IRS is easy - institute a flat tax, no deductions. As California dumbs down the public school math curriculum it will be increasingly important to streamline any arithmetic expected from taxpayers and from agents. Shrinking the number of parasites at the IRS should be followed up by decimating all departments of government.
    margielyle
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  • Spoken
    fedforlife
    like someone that has never been a fed nor could even get hired as one. We do our jobs better than most companies. Remember, the IRS doesn't make the laws. That's Congress. IRS only implements the laws and we sometimes have to do it in less than 30 days. What you people don't realize, is that the IRS processes over 350 million returns a year.
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