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Our Purpose

Make the Federal tax system fair for everyone who pays their taxes

      • Most people pay their taxes
      • Some people don’t
      • That’s not fair

The Problem

$574 Billion PER YEAR in unpaid taxes

      • A minority of taxpayers fail to pay what they legally owe. This unpaid amount – the Tax Gap – is more than all the income tax paid by 90% of individual taxpayers.
      • Most of the Tax Gap is from high income taxpayers not paying what they owe.
      • This is unfair to every compliant taxpayer.
      • Before we raise taxes on those already paying what they owe, we should collect from those who are not paying.

The Solution

A practical plan to shrink the Tax Gap

  •    Our plan raises $1.4 trillion over 10 years without raising taxes on any compliant taxpayer.
    This is almost as much as President-Elect Biden’s tax plan would raise from increasing individual income and social security taxes.

    Our plan includes three practical steps:
            • Use Modern technology to improve service and identify unreported income
            • Ensure all income is reported to the IRS
            • Provide IRS resources to collect what we know is owed.

It’s only fair – before raising taxes, we should collect the taxes already on the books.

Look Who Agrees

Leaders from across the political spectrum and business community support this plan.

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Recent News and Events



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The Tax Gap and the Biden Plan to Beef Up the IRS
WSJ Letter to the Editor by former IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti - 9/10/21
Letter and Original Editorial
The Case for a Robust Attack on the Tax Gap
Natasha Sarin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy - 9/9/21
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Shrinking the Tax Gap Requires a Renewed IRS Workforce
By Charles Rossotti & Ronald Sanders - Government Executive - 8/3/21
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Is Biden's budget too much for the IRS? Not even close
The Hill Opinion by Charles Rossotti. - August 25, 2021
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Letter from Current IRS Commissioner Rettig to Senator Elizabeth Warren
Response to questions about the tax gap and IRS service - 8/27/21
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Give IRS the tools it needs to enforce tax rules and catch cheaters
Brookings Op-Ed by William G. Gale, Co-Director Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center - 9/1/21
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The Tax Gap & IRS Funding
Tax Analysts Taxing Issues Webinar with Fred Goldberg & Nina Olson - 7/28/21
Watch Webinar (60 min)
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