Recent links of note:
- Some more details have emerged about the Biden administration plan to beef up the IRS enforcement budget. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says the administration is seeking a $1.2 billion / 10.4% total increase in the agency budget, most of which would go to tax enforcement.
- Every once in a while, the IRS crunches the numbers and tries to figure out the size of the “tax gap” — the difference between what Americans owe and what they actually cough up. The problem is that there are a lot of unknowns — unpaid taxes that the government currently has no way of knowing that it is owed. So it has to make guesses and extrapolations. Now, in testimony to a Congressional committee, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig has admitted what I’ve long suspected: the agency’s estimates of the “tax gap” have been far too low and the real number is more than double what has been reported.
- Meanwhile, the IRS is still struggling to get through its backlog of tax year income tax return filings as this year’s tax filing season hits its peak. This is further complicated this year by the agency’s role in administering a new stimulus check dispersal, and last-minute retroactive changes to the tax laws that made some already-filed returns incorrect and that gave the agency responsibility for rolling out a new tax credit.
- United for Peace & Justice highlights how war tax resisters are organizing for this year’s tax season.
- Sojourners highlights Christian war tax resisters.
- Cartoonist Peter Bagge examines the life of Henry David Thoreau at Reason.
- The war tax resistance season has also begun in Spain.
- More traffic ticket robots are disabled by rebels in France, Italy, and Germany.