The line item for “Total IT Investments” in the IRS budget for the current year is more than $2.4 billion. $2,408,245,000, to be exact.
Don’t just take the Cato Institute’s word for it. You can see it for yourself here (pdf; p.149).
That’s total information technology investments, which I take to mean new information technology. In other words, the IRS is buying more than $2.4 billion worth of new information technology systems and equipment this year.
How does that compare with the last two years? Again, see for yourself: total information technology investments were $2,478,063,000 in 2012, and $2,284,828,000 in 2013. That adds up to over $7 billion the IRS will have spent on new information technology in the three year period from 2012 through 2014.
Sorry, but with budget figures like those, I just find it a little hard to believe that the problems at the IRS are a result of it being under-funded.
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