Apr 14, 2018 • 1HR 3M

Happy Tax Day!?

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Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader talks about what’s happening in America, what’s happening around the world, and most importantly what’s happening underneath it all.
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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