Last updated on: 1/21/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"
Reasoning:

“Obesity is medically accepted to be a disease in its own right… Other government and scientific entities have reached similar conclusions.”

“Revenue Ruling 2002-19,” irs.gov, 2002

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The IRS is organized to carry out the responsibilities of the secretary of the Treasury under section 7801 of the Internal Revenue Code. The secretary has full authority to administer and enforce the internal revenue laws and has the power to create an agency to enforce these laws. The IRS was created based on this legislative grant.”

“The Agency, its Mission and Statutory Authority,” irs.gov (accessed Jan. 21, 2010)

Mission:

“Provide America’s taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.

This mission statement describes our role and the public’s expectation about how we should perform that role.

  • In the United States, the Congress passes tax laws and requires taxpayers to comply.
  • The taxpayer’s role is to understand and meet his or her tax obligations.
  • The IRS role is to help the large majority of compliant taxpayers with the tax law, while ensuring that the minority who are unwilling to comply pay their fair share.”

  • “The Agency, its Mission and Statutory Authority,” irs.gov (accessed Jan. 21, 2010)

    Other:
    Government agency
    Contact Info:
    Phone
    800-829-1040
    Email
    irs.gov.website.helpdesk@speedymail.com
    Website
    irs.gov