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YARNLADY's avatar

What happened to enforcement of the collection of taxes?

Asked by YARNLADY (43431points) June 4th, 2009

How can there be $6 billion of taxes owed and we have to close schools? Wesley Snipes spends three years in prison, and hundreds of others go free. Why?

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hungryhungryhortence's avatar

I have a feeling I’m not the only one on a payment plan with the IRS

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Enforcement of taxes in the US has always been. The fact that Wesley Snipes went to prison for this is proof of that.

The reason that schools are closing is not because of lack of funds, it’s how those funds are being spent.

The mismanagement of funds by the US military should be deemed criminal considering the benefit that could be reaped with those wasted funds.

watch a documentary called “Iraq for Sale”. this is a good example of the sheer magnitude of wasted funds by the US military industrial complex

YARNLADY's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic Don’t get me started on the misuse of funds in Iraq, it’s almost enough to make me ashamed to be a part of the same country as Haliburton

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

@YARNLADY That film will definitely get your ire up then. Halliburton is only one of several contractors that are fleecing the U.S.

YARNLADY's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic I choose to vent my ire at President Andrew Jackson, who forced my ancestors to walk the trail of tears. It was a long time ago, but I still cry.

jrpowell's avatar

Wasn’t there something about a kinder and gentler IRS about 15 years ago? Like they got rid of the swat team the IRS had.

susanc's avatar

@ YARNLADY: I cry too.

basp's avatar

They get the tax money one owes by withholding the tax returns every year until the bill is paid. Essentially, this means one payment a year.

casheroo's avatar

I think it’s crazy. But, I also don’t think putting someone in jail is the correct way to handle it. They need to work to pay it off…you obviously can’t work while in prison.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

@casheroo I agree. The US has two major methods of dealing problems.
1. Putting people in jail
2. Shooting people
We need to look at more reasonable options. Putting people in jail for not paying taxes actually costs the taxpayer MORE money making our situation worse.

basp's avatar

Like I said earlier, they do have another way to deal with it…..anytime that person has money coming back to them in the future, it will be confiscated and will go to the government.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

That sounds more productive. Garnish their wages if they won’t pay willingly.

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