Originally Posted by Ataturk
It's designed for extortion and intimidation of taxpayers, that is, of people with something to lose. The people who cheat on stuff like child tax credits rarely seem to get in trouble. I wonder how much of that six billion will be paid back, or whether they will even try to get it back.
I feel like it's more of a "thousand monkeys" design, with enforcement and practice evolving to fit the tax code that filters through all the different Congressional monkeys. The IRS uses its power in the manner it does not so much by design, but from functioning in this overly complex system where most people are
fudging their taxes in all kinds of ways.
If there's a "design" in the conspiratorial sense, it would be from the people who have the resources to profit from a complex tax code. The tax preparation industry obviously doesn't want a simple tax code, and people with the resources to structure their finances to minimize their tax burden wouldn't want to see a change. I don't think they're encouraging Congress to actively make the tax code more complex, but they're certainly lobbying against wholesale reform.