MSNBC’s Witt: ‘Has To Be Hard’ for IRS Workers To Hear Cruz Call for Ending Agency
RUBIN: "The anger from lawmakers and Republicans on the Hill and also some of the interactions with taxpayers. They are more fraught than they used to be."
WITT: "And the unhappiness of the IRS employees, how does that potentially impact taxpayers?"
RUBIN: "In a couple of different ways. For this story we visited a taxpayer assistance center Philadelphia and there are 60 people lined up out of the door for -- for when they open at 8:30 in the morning and people who come back multiple days and there aren't as many people around to see taxpayers in person and deal with them. So by the time you get to the front of the line, you've got a frustrated worker and frustrated taxpayer and it makes for a situation that is difficult.
WITT: "It has to be hard when they hear someone like Ted Cruz, a presidential candidate, saying let's get rid of the IRS and so you should be out of a job."
RUBIN: "And if you go to work for the IRS, you know what you are getting into. And we ask, what do you do when you go to parties and you get people who ask where you work. They never talk about it and say they work for the government. They are trying to keep their heads down and their frustration is the lack of resources and technology."
WITT: "Thank you, Bloomberg's Richard Ruben joining us from D.C. Check out the article, Why the IRS Sucks. It's a very good read."