The Internal Revenue Service is on vacation. They know it will be a paid vacation. When the fight over the debt ceiling hike results in a debt ceiling hike, they will be paid for their time off. The House voted 100% to secure this.
But for now, 93% of them have gone fishing.
The IRS issued a notification on October 15 that the final filings for deferred tax filing were due as scheduled. That’s the law, the IRS said. But there will be no one there to process them.
The IRS asked that late-filers file electronically. But what if everyone had filed paper forms, not digital forms? That would have gummed up the works.
What if the shutdown continues? What if 93% of the IRS remained on unpaid furlough . . . permanently? What would that do to federal revenues?
What if audits of businesses simply ceased?
What if people declared themselves as independent contractors, and told their employers not to withhold taxes any more. “I’ll file my own taxes.” How many would?
That would be a real test of people’s commitment to the federal government. That would test their commitment to the welfare-warfare state.
I don’t think Congress wants to run this test. The furloughs will end.