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As reported by ABCNews.com

Unpaid Taxes Equal $2,680 Per Household
Unpaid Federal Taxes Amount to $2,680 Per Household; Total Would More Than Cover Deficit

By JIM ABRAMS

WASHINGTON Mar 4, 2007 (AP)— Think of the uses of $300 billion, the annual gap between what taxpayers owe and what they pay. It would more than cover the federal deficit for a year or the extra money President Bush wants in 2007 and 2008 for Iraq and Afghanistan.

It would pay for the $125 billion that Congress has agreed to spend on Hurricane Katrina relief, with enough left for three years worth of federal education programs.

Such are the dreams of lawmakers pressing the Internal Revenue Service to get more aggressive about reducing what is known throughout Washington as "the tax gap."

Skeptics, however, scoff at the notion there is a pot of gold waiting to be claimed. They say it is an illusion as long as nothing is done about the hopelessly complicated tax system.

An IRS study last year concluded that the tax gap in 2001 was $345 billion. Of that, $197 billion came from underreporting on individual income tax returns and $88 billion from underreporting by corporations and the self-employed. The rest came from those not filing or not paying the proper amount.

That gap narrowed to $290 billion after enforcement efforts and late payments were factored in. Still, that left the government collecting only 86 percent of the more than $2 trillion it was owed in 2001.

That translated into a "surtax" of about $2,680 per household in 2001, the national taxpayer advocate said at a recent hearing of the House Budget Committee. "That is an extraordinary burden to ask our nation's compliant taxpayers to bear every year," Nina E. Olson said.

"It's not just a budgetary problem," the committee chairman, Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., said at the hearing. "It raises fundamental issues of moral fairness."

The new Democratic majority sees these uncollected billions as a major source of revenue that could be used to pay for education, health and other priorities without busting the budget.

The IRS does claim some progress in cracking down on cheaters. The agency's commissioner, Mark Everson, said enforcement revenue has climbed from $34 billion in the 2002 budget year to $49 billion in 2006. The audit rate for individual returns has gone from a little over one in 200 in 2001, to about one in 100 in 2006, with the returns of millionaires getting closer looks, Everson said...

The full story can be found at; http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=2922484

Note: The bottomline is this. You pay your taxes into a huge general collective fund which in turn is used to support your local community, town, county, state, and country. Not paying your taxes not only saves you a few hundred/thousand/ten thousand...etc. dollars on the front end but it costs you very much more at the back and continues to do so annually over the long haul. If you are the selfish uncaring type who could give two shits about your neighbor or their kids, who in the future will go to public schools to leran how to employ you and provide companies for you to trade stocks against and make money then fine.
Even for yourself not paying taxes comes back to cost you directly in more than one way and at a greatly higher real cost than the relatively few bucks you might owe individually. Pay your damn taxes FTW!

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Isn't defense spending only like 15% of the budget though? Why not spend less in other places?

I'm glad I look forward to my return rather than seeing how much I owe at this time of year...
 

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DJ,

They already are and have been spending less in other areas, areas that have to some degree been cut to the bone while defense spending is at an all time high and due to get higher as per Bush's request for even more Iraq war money alone.

Thats neither here nor there though, as this is about people who owe tax money and refuse to pay it thus as a result costing us all.

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Oh I hear ya. All the while we get more and more leaches attaching themselves to the artery known as welfare too.
 

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We could all save a good deal of time and money by not worrying about universal healthcare... (>believes people should take responsibility for their own welfare<) along that vein there's a lot of money to be saved on programs that uneccessarily baby the masses...

/libertarian
 
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