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President Trump’s FY 2020 Budget Proposal For IRS

Annette Nellen - President Trumps FY 2020 IRS Budget

President Trump released his FY 2020 budget proposal on March 12. [A Budget for a Better America – Promises Kept. Taxpayers First, page 82] It slightly increases IRS funding to “expand and strengthen tax enforcement.” Such efforts “are estimated to generate approximately $47 billion in additional revenue at a cost of $15 billion, yielding a net savings of $33 billion over 10 years.  The Budget also includes several proposals to ensure that taxpayers comply with their obligations and that tax refunds are only paid to those who are eligible, including:  improving oversight of paid tax preparers; giving IRS the authority to correct more errors on tax returns before refunds are issued; requiring a valid Social Security Number for work in order to claim certain tax credits; and in-creasing wage and information reporting.”

The budget also notes that there is $290 million for the IRS’ multiyear effort to modernize its IT. The report notes that while about 90% of individuals file electronically, most other interactions between the IRS and taxpayers is via the mail, “which slows the resolution of issues.”

That is a true and interesting observation. 89% of individuals e-file there return. Yet other interactions with the IRS will be by phone or the U.S. Post Office. Will IT modernization include taxpayer accounts where taxpayer not only pay their taxes but can also change withholding, make estimated tax payments, amend their return, etc.?

Today, March 13, the IRS issues a news release that $1.4 billion is waiting to be claimed by individuals who have not yet filed their 2015 returns! [IR-2019-38] If tax compliance were done virtually, with the IRS using data it has, the filing could be done automatically and refunds issued to bank accounts. Or at least the IRS could more easily reach taxpayer via a text message, for example, to let them know they need to file and are likely owed a refund.

What do you think? Annette Nellen




Annette Nellen, CPA, Esq., is a professor in and director of San Jose State University’s graduate tax program (MST), teaching courses in tax research, accounting methods, property transactions, state taxation, employment tax, ethics, tax policy, tax reform, and high technology tax issues.

Annette is the immediate past chair of the AICPA Individual Taxation Technical Resource Panel and a current member of the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the California Bar. Annette is a regular contributor to the AICPA Tax Insider and Corporate Taxation Insider e-newsletters. She is the author of BNA Portfolio #533, Amortization of Intangibles.

Annette has testified before the House Ways & Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee, California Assembly Revenue & Taxation Committee, and tax reform commissions and committees on various aspects of federal and state tax reform.

Prior to joining SJSU, Annette was with Ernst & Young and the IRS.

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One thought on “President Trump’s FY 2020 Budget Proposal For IRS

  1. Avatar B. Scheland says:

    The dollars claimed to have been brought into the Treasury by enforcement personnel is most likely significantly inflated! I’m a former and retired revenue agent and manager with the Regional office, formerly located in Dallas, TX. We did studies which proved that “claimed” dollars brought into the govt. through examinations, in fact, never could be supported by the govt. In most cases, the monies were compromised downward by the IRS. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the manipulation of monies falsely claimed as IRS enforcement production.

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