Here’s your small government for ya

Tax time

I tried to call them last week to tell them my payment would be late, and never got through. I tried for two hours, and gave up:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS’ overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services to help pay to enforce President Barack Obama’s health law.

For those who weren’t disconnected, only 40 percent actually got through to a person. And many of those people had to wait on hold for more than 30 minutes, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Wednesday.

The number of disconnected callers spiked just as taxpayers were being hit with new requirements under the health law. Last year, the phone system dropped 360,000 calls, Koskinen said.

For the first time, taxpayers had to report whether they had health insurance last year on their tax returns. Those who received government subsidies had to respond whether they received the correct amount. People without insurance faced fines, collected by the IRS, if they did not qualify for an exemption.

2 thoughts on “Here’s your small government for ya

  1. My agency is closing access to facilities because they’re unable to make needed repairs. Understandable, since the Koch bros need to buy another Senator.

  2. Sounds like the dismantling of progressive taxation is going right according to plan. Now they just need to create some sort of regressive tax, like a VAT, and give a contract to a private company to administer, and they can just keep withdrawing funding from the IRS without changing any of the tax law, and then there will be nobody to snoop around in their Swiss bank accounts.

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