Should the IRS earn ROI or fight for justice? (DFW II)

In Pale King, Wallace writes about a debate within the IRS over whether the IRS should enforce laws out of principle, or in order to earn a return on government expenditures:

“…the struggle here was between traditional or ‘conservative'[23] officials who saw tax and its administration as an arena of social justice and civic virtue, on the one and, and those more progressive, ‘pragmatic’ policymakers who prized the market model, efficiency, and a maximum return on the investment of the Service’s annual budget. Distilled to its essence, the question was whether and to what extent the IRS should be operated like a for-profit business”

“[23] (meaning, somewhat confusingly, classically liberal)”

What do you think? Should the IRS be operated like a business?


About Mark P. Holtzman

Chair of Accounting Department at Seton Hall University. PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. Worked at Deloitte's New York Office. BSBA from Hofstra University.

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