"The purpose of the IRS is to collect the proper amount of tax revenues at the least cost to the public, and in a manner that warrants the highest degree of public confidence in our integrity, efficiency and fairness. To achieve that purpose, we will encourage and achieve the highest possible degree of voluntary compliance in accordance with the tax laws and regulations..."
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A lie on it's face. The purpose of the IRS is to steal all that it can by fear and threat of duress; and, when that doesn't work, by imprisonment and forced arrogation.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Pretty sneaky if you ask me.Figures though doesn't it? Let the Truth be knowN! REAL EYES REALIZE REAL LIES THE EYES OF TRUTH CANNOT BE FOOLED. REAL EYES REALIZE REAL LIES DECEPTION IS A TRICKY THING AND DOUBT WILL LEAD TO QUESTIONING. AS EVERY SUMMER FOLLOWS SPRING, REAL EYES REALIZE REAL LIES.
     -- KEVIN SHEARER, SOMEWHERE IN NY.     
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    This quote is true, and it was really the tooth fairy that left that dime under my pillow .
     -- jim k, austin, tx     
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    That's nice...
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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    Another great humorous quote. Two in a row. Can't wait to read the third.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    Where is Waffler? This sounds like him speaking...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    This creates the false impression that the Imaginary Revenue Scum (IRS) seek and collect money when all that they want are checks that authorize banks to reduce our credit. The Fed never lied in saying that their system "works only with credit!" They cannot get money from us in a system that works us "only with credit!" They have no need for money when everyone will risk or even lose their lives for credit. You risk your life just going to work. Americans are now dying in Asia not for money but for weightless intangible credit. There would be no wars iif our Marxist masters had to pay soldiers and suppliers. They cannot be paid with checks! They pretend they are paid then pretend to pay taxes and pretend we all have freedom. Americans are being jailed for not pretending to pay. The IRS has three jobs and collecting money is not one of them. One is to intimdate their targets and all others. another is to collect data and the third is to regulate our consumption. When your bank reduces your credit, your consumption is then limited to what any remaining credit permits. Keynes wrote in 1920: "If governments should refrain from regulation, ... the worthlessness of the money becomes apparent and the fraud upon the public can be concealed no longer." The tax ILLUSION is but one of many ways to conceal the fraud of banking.
     -- Dave Wilber, St. Louis     
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    The IRS is the only Fed Agency that does not cost it pays. For each dollar allocated to the IRS Budget it brings in $10. All we need to do is hire more folks to increase the tax revenue ten fold. It is common knowledge or facts tell us .....to those who care to check, that amount of under paid tax each year is approximately $200 billion dollars. This represents about 5 to 10 percent of the 2.5 trillion paid in accurately by the best taxpayers in the world - the American Public. To get the additional $200 billion simple math dictates we need only increase the IRS payroll by about $20 billion. In additon to the amount brought in by audits the general effect of audits is an increase in compliance by all sectors of the public.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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    Waffler, I'm not doubting your figures but, where did you get them. I've seen conflicting reports and estimates claiming the IRS soaks up to as much as 70% of what it takes in. I don't give those figures any credence but, who knows. The IRS has never been audited and the public has to take those liars word for how much comes in and what they spend.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Waffler you always think backwards. The US government only gets 20% of its revenue from personal income tax. Get rid of the income tax and the savings from the IRS payroll leaves not much for the resulting booming economy to make up the difference in revenue. Remember the Government gets a percentage of the gross national product in the form many different taxes besides income tax. Grow the economy and tax revenue goes up. Get rid of personal income tax and the economy will go nuts. Another side effect would be the end of a need for any type of social giveaway to perfectly able body wards of the state. This would be just more money in the bank for the Government. Then they could cut some other taxes and create even more prosperity. The main problem is that when you create prosperity you no longer need Waffler types in the government to hand out our hard earned money to their voters. That is why any type of tax reduction is so viciously fought.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    Warren you should heed your own advice and be virtuous: ignorance is not a virtue! Unfortunately I have had to do your research for you. I failed to find the pie chart which is usually in each copy of Publication 17 (ever heard of it) but have pulled the following figures from a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) web site. These figures cover a long period from 1966 to 2005 so they are averages. Your 20% statement widely misses the mark. Here are the stats: Personal Income Tax 50%, Social Security Receipts 33%, Corporate Income Tax 20%, Estate and Gift, Excise, and Customs finishing out the bottom rungs. This same source states that as a percentage of GDP income taxes were about 10% under Clinton after having retreated under Reagan and Bushes to around 7% and expected to go back up towards the year 2017. As I have stated previously Reagan increased Social Security Taxes when he cut Income Taxes and robbed the SS fund for his star wars etcetera. Logic dictates that income taxes must go up to pay back social security the trillion or so it is owed. Check it our for yourself because IGNORANCE IS NOT ONLY NOT A VIRTURE IT IS VERY UNBECOMING. For you Mikey I have the following information: the IRS Budget is 11 billion dollars, the agency brings in close to 3 trillion dollars a year. A real good return on investment I would say. As far as what it takes in Mike do you just mean by audit. You must in fairness include all the money people pay in because of their fear of audit. Just like plumbers get paid an exorbitant wage (highest of the trades I am told) they keep the water flowing in our homes all year long. The presence of IRS law enforcement keeps the federal income taps flowing also. People invariably will not be honest if audits are not performed. Thus every day we count our change at stores etcetera, employees in banks, and businesses are constanly checked and systems are installed to guarantee correctness in financail transactions. Do you honestly believe that any government can operate differently than what we consider the Best Business Practices?
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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    Waffler, whether or not the IRS brings in more than it spends doesn't make the income tax good. I'm sure that the Mafia brought in more than it spent , but that did not make it right.If a robber threatened me and robbed me , I'm sure that his cost would be less than mine. Come to think of it , isn't that what the IRS does.
     -- jim k, austin, tx     
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