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Thanks well many businesses and individuals are dependent on coming tax refunds but those refunds maybe delayed or they could he be caught in bureaucratic snags and -- as a result of budget cuts that are going into effect.
While they iris is being asked to do more when it comes things like obamacare.
Will have to do less when it comes to speeding.
-- -- our tax refunds joining us now is former IRS commissioner.
-- person so mark I I just filed my own.
Tax return I'm supposed to get a refund -- number am I gonna have to wait longer for that than usual.
Why don't think so David but let's be clear here the service got off to a very rocky start.
Congress has an abysmal record in terms -- -- job done but.
This year they passed the tax legislation on January 1 so that actually delayed the filing season.
Till the end of January and then for twenty or thirty million filers they could even file -- February and into the start of march but I would tell you the service I think -- done a great job of adjusting to that very bad at congressional inaction if you went well.
Like all agency so they've got to prioritize where did they put refunds in terms of priority is at the top priority.
That's the very top there really dealing with three things if you will the first is a service.
We'll always do everything it can to protect the filing season that's the process the returns.
On a timely basis and get individuals their refund they're doing that I think they're doing a good job of that.
The second challenge they have right now is identity theft which is a huge corrosive effect on the system because.
They really have to walk a very fine line here they draw their computer programs in -- -- Honest tax -- end up by having their refunds held and the other -- to lose then.
Billions go out the door so they're grappling with that.
And that does affect many taxpayers -- get caught in that identity theft trap at the same time they're being forced to do stuff that they didn't have to do before that of the whole lot of care remember originally they were gonna have to hire.
Another what was it 151000 IRS agents I don't know if that's still in effect as it.
It is and they don't have any extra money this year to do the obamacare work which is largely system stuff.
All these exchanges in each state they are all tied into the IRS.
All sorts of financial information will be exchanged and has to be protected.
It's very complex set of factors and -- these deadlines are unforgiving and the IRS will of course to -- -- to deliver on that but it's a nine usually.
Cumbersome if you will obligations they have but what did you think about that when you when you heard that they they -- arrest was gonna be -- with a job of compliance with obamacare.
I think it's bad business -- I I testified today in the ice a committee last August and I'm very concerned about it because.
It puts the IRS which has a great deal historic independence for understandable reasons right in the middle of controversial major domestic initiative so.
I do have continuing concerns about about the Affordable Care Act and in the services duties under that.
-- now mark after having crazy IRS.
Let me say what really bothers people about garrison said.
Very often you're assumed guilty until proven innocent there -- a lot of businesses that say that you know even though they've.
Been found -- -- in the long run in the short run they're forced to go out of business because of the -- scrutiny is there any way to change Jack in the iris.
Effectively change that view of them as being kind of anti American in terms of assuming that folks are guilty until proven innocent.
Well we we have a great system in this country it's too complex but when you compared to other countries.
Something like 85% of all people pay honestly and accurately so one we have a good system.
It's crying out for reform but I think the service does this level -- Again we got to start with tax reform.
We've got to make this is what you say -- by the safe when you say tax reform specifically what he made you beat -- a flat tax like Steve -- and has in mind.
No I don't favored a flat tax what I what I want to talk about -- reform pardon me I mean.
Permanency it's very tough for businesses to keep adjusting to.
Constant changes in the tax law we do -- progressivity I think that debate's been settled there is.
There's been more progressivity put in the code and I hope we -- people that balance we need simplification very important but at the same time.
We should read -- sensible incentives and alliant.
We work with small and midsize businesses sign.
R&D credits a lot of innovation we think that's very important over.
For the bread and butter companies that are across America that need help in this difficult economy allied group vice chairman Markey -- it was a former -- commissioner mark good to see -- thanks very much appreciated.
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