Un article du NYT , vité par Dean Baker et Angry Bear expose le comportement incroyable de l'administration Bush :

[...] Within two weeks, the I.R.S. will turn over data on 12,500 taxpayers — each of whom owes $25,000 or less in back taxes — to three collection agencies. Larger debtors will continue to be pursued by I.R.S. officers.

The move, an initiative of the Bush administration, represents the first step in a broader plan to outsource the collection of smaller tax debts to private companies over time. Although I.R.S. officials acknowledge that this will be much more expensive than doing it internally, they say that Congress has forced their hand by refusing to let them hire more revenue officers, who could pull in a lot of easy-to-collect money.

The private debt collection program is expected to bring in $1.4 billion over 10 years, with the collection agencies keeping about $330 million of that, or 22 to 24 cents on the dollar.

By hiring more revenue officers, the I.R.S. could collect more than $9 billion each year and spend only $296 million — or about three cents on the dollar — to do so, Charles O. Rossotti, the computer systems entrepreneur who was commissioner from 1997 to 2002, told Congress four years ago.

I.R.S. officials on Friday characterized those figures as correct, but said that the plan Mr. Rossotti had proposed had been forestalled by Congress, which declined to authorize it to hire more revenue officers. [...]

Intéressant point dans le débat sur l'efficacité entre le public et le privé. Je crois qu'on a parlé récemment pour l'ANPE qui fait mieux et moins cher que les agences de placements privées, mais le gouvernement actuel augmente l'allocation aux ... agences privées.

Les cerises sur le gateau outre-atlantique :

One of the three companies selected by the I.R.S. is a law firm in Austin, Tex., where a former partner, Juan Peña, admitted in 2002 that he paid bribes to win a collection contract from the city of San Antonio. He went to jail for the crime.

Les amis de l'administration Bush sont décidemment irréprochables.

Under federal budget rules, money spent to hire tax collectors is treated as a discretionary expense, and Congress is cutting discretionary spending. In business terms, the rules treat the I.R.S. as a cost center, not as the government’s profit center.

The private debt-collection program, however, is outside the budget rules because, except for the start-up costs, the collectors are to be paid from the proceeds.

"Creative Accounting" me parait approprié.

On s'approche presque de débat 2007, idéologie plein tube ...

Ajout 20060830 : Olivier Bouba-Olga commente les propos d'Alain Lambert, ancien ministre délégué au budget et à la réforme budgétaire, comme quoi on peut faire jeu égal avec l'administration Bush.

Ajout 20061002 : Des précisions sur l'ANPE / UNEDIC - discussion dans les commentaires - chez Yannick Fondeur