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Happy Tax Day!?

Former Internal Revenue Service Commissioner, John Koskinen, joins Ralph to discuss the bad rap the IRS gets and the consequences of Congress cutting its budget. Plus, listener questions.

John Koskinen was the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service for four years from late 2013 to late 2017. As Commissioner, Mr. Koskinen presided over the nation’s tax system, which collects approximately $3.3 trillion in tax revenue each year and funds most government operations and public services. Mr. Koskinen has served in many executive positions in both the public and private sector, including Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget (and acting chief executive officer at Freddie Mac the government sponsored financial services corporation, and in various positions at the Palmieri Company, a consulting firm that works to salvage financially troubled companies.

“Nobody loves paying taxes. It is the cost of a civilized society. I think it is important for people to understand the people doing the work care about it greatly, care about the taxpayers, and are trying to do the best they can on behalf of both the government and on behalf of taxpayers. John Koskinen, former Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service


  1. Debbie says:

    Thank you!!!!!!! The first and only time I ever had trouble with my taxes was as a single parent during the Bush years. I always filed my taxes myself. When Bush gave the, whatever it was – some type of credit, – the next year when I filed my taxes, I was audited because I didn’t understand I owed the money that was fronted. I received a letter from the IRS stating I needed to contact them. My heart dropped to my toes, and with blood pressure sending a throbbing pounding to my ears, I called my local IRS office in dismay. After all the confusion, I was stunned to learn that whatever credit/money I had received, I had to pay back. I asked the tax auditor, ‘Have I lost the common sense to file my own taxes?’ Long story, the Bush money was a loan with the expectation that it had to be repaid. The IRS man I spoke with was so very kind and he knew what was going on. Still, after that experience, I literally get knots in my stomach when I file my taxes.

  2. Myra Brewer says:

    I file my own taxes. Always have. The only time I ever had a problem was in 2002 when the I RS put its database online. I was denied an earned income credit because they said my tax account did not match my social security account and neither did my son’s who was the dependent claimed that made my one year low income eligible for the credit. I was told to renew my name at the social security office. They computerization had put my first and middle names together as one name and my middle name was NMI. My son has more than one middle name and they had combined his first two names as one and madd his lastname a combination of both a middle and a lastname making it unidentifiable. I brought my birth certificate and my license and my problen, whatever it was, was an easy fix. My son, i brought his birth certificate, a report card and a doctor visit. Because he was a minor I called to find out what to bring, but the attendant refused to accept the school and the doctor saying they were over a year old. I had to take him to the dps where he showed his birth certificate and they gave him a state id card for $15 and back at the ss office the accepted it. Who ya gonna complain to? It was awful. When the lady told me she would not accept the other ids, I asked if his mother could sign an affidavit, but she said “no” and must have somehow let security know because the guard came and stood next to me and unsnapped his holster. Eep.