IRS Not Giving Up on Obamacare

Even as the Supremes speak (and from all indications, not too favorably) the IRS is doubling down on Obamacare.  Word came last week that they want to increase their workforce by something like 4,000 agents, not only to audit we and thee, but also to gear up to handle all of the new revenue-raising provisions of the Obamacare fiasco.  And, by the way, to spend over $300 million to accomplish all of this!

All of this, probably because the Revenooers are feeling their oats, as indicated recently by Commissioner Shulman who tells us that something called the “American Customer Satisfaction Index” for his department has recently soared upward to 73 percent!

According to the GAO, the Revenooers want the $300 million so it can “continue the development of new systems and modifications of existing systems required to support the new tax credits.”

Notice the bafflegab – they need the dough so they can deal with all of those “credits” we are all going to be looking forward to.  We guess all of the new taxes coming down the pike (starting next year) will just take care of themselves.

So, “Where’s my reward?” wonders a former bank executive who has sued the IRS for stiffing him on the “whistleblower” reward he thinks he’s due.

Seems Joseph Insinga recently told the Washington Post that he had provided the IRS with a bunch of documentation regarding how his former employer assisted seven companies in avoidance of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes by helping them set up offshore partnerships and other entities.  But since the filing of his whistleblower claim in 2007, he’s still waiting for his dough from the Revenooers.  Hence the recent filing of a lawsuit against the blokes.

And this IRS deportment in the face of the actual recent expansion of the whistleblower program – the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 allowed folks to receive an award of between 15 and 30 percent of the proceeds collected as a result of the info they provided!

Accountingtoday.com reports that IRS has been slow to process whistleblower claims of late, and in many cases just downright refused to acknowledge them, paying fewer than 100 whistleblowers in 2011 – or about half the number paid just two years earlier!

We guess the IRS is hung up on its ethics surrounding all of this – seems a former chief counsel has expressed the view that the whole whistleblower program is a bit “unseemly,” since it encourages folks to turn in their neighbors and employers.

How comforting.

CONSULT YOUR TAX ADVISOR – This article contains general information about various tax matters.  You should consult your CPA regarding the implications to your own particular situation.

Jeff Quinn, the author of this article, is a shareholder in Ashley Quinn, CPAs and Consultants, Ltd., with offices in Incline Village and Reno.  He may be reached at 831-7288, welcomes comments at jquinn@ashleyquinncpas.com, and invites readers to consider his other commentary at http://blog.nolo.com/taxes

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