A recent Register editorial backed President Joe Biden’s plan to throw an additional $80 billion in taxpayer money back at the IRS to recoup unpaid taxes. These pages said I “should be leading the charge to ensure tax scofflaws are pursued.” The Register failed to recognize that I’ve been leading this charge for years.
As a taxpayer watchdog and longtime member of the Senate’s tax-writing Finance Committee, here are just some of the ways I’ve worked to hold tax cheats accountable — without spending excess billions in the process:
Private Debt Collection Program: I championed the effort in 2015 to create public/private partnership, which uses independent contractors to help the IRS collect unpaid debts. This program has been extremely successful, recovering more than $969 million since 2017. The program’s growing success has allowed the IRS to hire additional staff.
IRS Whistleblower Program: The program I authored in 2006 has…