…protecting you from the sleazy efforts of the undeserving poor to take them from you. Also — actually.mostly — from the efforts of the deserving poor trying to get the help the law assures them: IRS Froze Refunds, Study Says
Hooray for Nina Olson, the Taxpayer Advocate, for uncovering this newest disgusting example of how the vile conjunction of truly world-class incompetence and an atrophied moral sense has spread throughout the government in this administration.
On the other hand, one has to admire the elegance of ripping off the poor simply by not answering the phone and putting the paperwork in a drawer.
It gets worse: at the end of the LA Times story on this we learn that the team at IRS leaves $300 billion of uncollected funds on the table, obviously almost entirely due from the rich, and gives refunds to almost half of claimants conclusively determined to be criminal fraudsters.