There is a law that states that we have to pay income taxes to the government. Maybe we don't want to do it but it's the law. I don;t like to do it but it's the law. The IRS is tasked with handling our tax payments. If you don't pay, or if you fuck up and make a mistake, the IRS will contact you and allow you to either pay up or discuss the problem if there is a dispute. They don't just knock your front door down and walk into your house with guns blazing and grab your stuff. I have never had a problem with the IRS. I don't take any goofy deductions that raise the red flags and I always pay on time (quarterly payments). I tell my accountant, "if you have any doubt as to some deduction being legal or permitted or not, don't take the deduction." If I'm going to make a mistake, I'm going to make a mistake in the governments favor (I'm a patriot after all).
Two weeks ago, I recieved a letter from the IRS that I underpaid by $125 on my 2006 taxes. A 1099 from one of my "revenue streams" was sent in to the feds but not to me, so it was never included on my taxable income, and I forgot about it. There was $13 of interest that I owed bringing the total to $138 that I owed the feds. They were 100% correct. They could have charged me a penalty too, but I guess they figured out what happend and just charged me the interest. It was handled efficiently and professionally by the IRS. I sent them a check the same day I got the letter. I know this sounds kind of corny but I was pleased to know that the IRS was on top of things like this. My 2006 taxes (payable in April of 2007) was not that long ago and they already found the problem and alerted me to it. Not bad for a government beauracracy in my opinion.
I have no issues with the IRS. They don't spend my money, they just collect it. I wish that they collected less of it but that's not the IRS's fault.