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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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Banks Are Wrong to Fight Proposed New IRS Disclosure Rule
By Charley Ellis & Alex Boyle - Bloomberg Opinion - 9/28/21
Read Op-Ed
CRFB Tax Policy Seminar (clip on proposed new Information Report)
CC Huang, Marc Goldwein, Alex Brill & Richard Rubin. - September 30, 2021
Watch Video Clip
The banking industry is throwing stones at a key Biden nominee. But it lives in a glass house.
Washington Post Opinion by former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers - 10/8/21
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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
Read Editorial
How to get the wealthy to pay the taxes they owe
CNN Business Perspectives Opinion by Jacob J. Lew, former Treasury Secretary - September 30, 2021
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Here is our proposal to shrink the Tax Gap and make it easier for tax payers to deal with the IRS.

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Our third seminar: Leadership, Culture, and Change Management

A free 90-minute seminar sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration in association with Shrink the Tax Gap with Jim Cook (moderator), Fred Goldberg (former IRS Commissioner), John Koskinen (former IRS Commissioner), Carolyn Colvin (former Social Security Administration Commissioner) and Sean O’Keefe (former NASA Administrator & Secretary of the Navy). Introduction by former IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti.

Tuesday, October 26 at Noon ET

Democrats want to require banks to help the IRS go after tax cheats. Republicans should support them.

Washington Post Opinion by Henry Olsen – October 19, 2021

Democrats want to crack down on tax cheats. Republicans balk.

Washington Post Editorial Board – October 20, 2021

The IRS wanted a new tool to go after tax cheats. Republicans and bankers blocked it.

Los Angeles Times Opinion by Michael Hiltzik – October 20, 2021