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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Plan to Revive I.R.S. ‘Wealth Squad’ Puts the Richest on Notice

Wealth taxPresident Biden has proposed "adding $80 billion to the Internal Revenue Service budget as well as giving the agency more authority to crack down on tax evasion by high-earners and large corporations." 

The propose additions came before reports were released that indicated how little in taxes the richest Americans paid from 2014 to 2018. In addition to President Biden's proposals, those reports have "intensified interest in the tax code." 

The reports do not necessarily indicate those in the high net worth categories have been engaging in illegal activity in order to pay less in taxes. It is just as likely that high-earners have simply been using the tax code to their advantage.

There are many legal tax strategies that high-earners have used to "minimize their taxes." The tax strategies appear to be exactly what President Biden looks to eliminate. 

In order to deal with this new attention to tax strategies, tax experts have agreed that the wealthy and slightly-less-wealthy should keep better records. 

If President Biden's plan is adopted, "[s]ome of the additional money in his budget would toward reviving an underfunded organization within the I.R.S. called the global high-wealth industry group, which focuses on the complicated tax returns filed by the affluent." 

See Paul Sullivan, Plan to Revive I.R.S. ‘Wealth Squad’ Puts the Richest on Notice, N.Y. Times, June 11, 2021. 

Special thanks to Matthew Bogin, (Esq., Bogin Law) for bringing this article to my attention. 


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