The Government Accountability Office (GAO) just issued its report discussing the various elements of the IRS’s 2012 proposed budget. The report breaks down not only the spending proposed by the IRS but also addresses the so-called “revenue increasing recommendations” that were presented in previous GAO reports.
President Obama requested $13.3 billion to fund the IRS’s 2012 operations. This figure constitutes a $1.14 billion, or 9.4 percent increase over 2010 and a whopping 20 percent increase over the 2008 budget. GAO-11-547, IRS Budget 2012, (hereinafter “GAO Report”), p. 4. The three key areas of IRS spending are:
* $2.3 billion for taxpayer services, assistance, etc.,
* $4.6 billion for operations support, and
* $6 billion for enforcement of the tax laws.
What will this mean for taxpayers?