Elizabeth Warren Bill Would Force Banks To Reveal ‘Account Flows’ To Catch Wealthy Tax Cheats, Focus On ‘Racial Inequities’

Elizabeth Warren Bill Would Force Banks To Reveal ‘Account Flows’ To Catch Wealthy Tax Cheats, Focus On ‘Racial Inequities’

New legislation proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) would supercharge the IRS’s ability to catch wealthy tax cheats, as well as “do more to focus on racial and income inequities in the IRS enforcement process,” according to Bloomberg

Warren’s legislation would allocate a fixed, annual $31.5 billion to the Internal Revenue Service, up from the $11.9 billion allocated by Congress for 2021 – and significantly higher than the $80 billion cash infusion over a decade featured in President Biden’s “American Families Plan.”

“Strengthening the IRS’s ability to go after wealthy tax cheats will not only require more funding, but more stable funding,” Warren wrote in a summary of the legislation released Monday.

Mandatory funding would provide funding on an ongoing basis, ensuring that the IRS budget is steady, predictable, and sustained — money that lobbyists can’t easily strip away.”

The bill would also:

Require financial institutions to report account flows from wealthy clients that don’t already have their income reported by third parties – similar to Biden’s plan.

Require audits to be shifted to high-income individuals, and analyze ‘racial disparities in their enforcement activities’

Increase penalties for underpayment for those earning at least $2 million

Allow the IRS to upgrade IT systems dating back to the 60s

Improve taxpayer customer service, as roughly 2% of the calls to the IRS’s tax return help line were answered this spring

Require an annual report on the ‘tax gap’ – the difference between taxes owed and taxes actually collected. This is currently reported ‘every few years,’ with the latest estimate at $381 billion between 2011-2013

While the summary didn’t offer a total revenue estimate for the bill, it cites a study which concluded that tax collectors could recover an additional $1.75 trillion over a decade by stopping tax evasion from the top 1%. Warren also cited a Treasury report that found the IRS can collect $6 for every $1 invested in audits – a figure which climbs to an estimated $24 after after factoring in ‘oh crap’ payments from wealthy tax cheats worried about higher audit risks. Last week the Treasury released separate figures estimating that it could recover an additional $4 per every additional dollar committed to audits.

Tyler Durden
Tue, 05/25/2021 – 08:15

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