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April 7, 2018
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Happy Tax Day!?

Former Internal Revenue Service Commissioner, John Koskinen, joins Ralph to discuss the bad rap the IRS gets and the consequences of Congress cutting its budget. Plus, listener questions.

John Koskinen was the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service for four years from late 2013 to late 2017. As Commissioner, Mr. Koskinen presided over the nation’s tax system, which collects approximately $3.3 trillion in tax revenue each year and funds most government operations and public services. Mr. Koskinen has served in many executive positions in both the public and private sector, including Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget (and acting chief executive officer at Freddie Mac the government sponsored financial services corporation, and in various positions at the Palmieri Company, a consulting firm that works to salvage financially troubled companies.

“Nobody loves paying taxes. It is the cost of a civilized society. I think it is important for people to understand the people doing the work care about it greatly, care about the taxpayers, and are trying to do the best they can on behalf of both the government and on behalf of taxpayers. John Koskinen, former Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service

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  1. Debbie says:

    Thank you!!!!!!! The first and only time I ever had trouble with my taxes was as a single parent during the Bush years. I always filed my taxes myself. When Bush gave the, whatever it was – some type of credit, – the next year when I filed my taxes, I was audited because I didn’t understand I owed the money that was fronted. I received a letter from the IRS stating I needed to contact them. My heart dropped to my toes, and with blood pressure sending a throbbing pounding to my ears, I called my local IRS office in dismay. After all the confusion, I was stunned to learn that whatever credit/money I had received, I had to pay back. I asked the tax auditor, ‘Have I lost the common sense to file my own taxes?’ Long story, the Bush money was a loan with the expectation that it had to be repaid. The IRS man I spoke with was so very kind and he knew what was going on. Still, after that experience, I literally get knots in my stomach when I file my taxes.

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