Budget Cuts Hurt IRS Tax Enforcement

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The population continues to grow and the tax laws are ever more complicated, but over the past dozen years, staff at the Internal Revenue Service has shrunk by about 20 percent. That affects the agency's ability to catch people who cheat on their taxes. One estimate of the annual loss in tax revenue is $300 billion. Hear NPR's Linda Wertheimer and Charles Rossotti, a former IRS commissioner.



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