The IRS can be traced back to Civil War times, when the position of commissioner of International Revenue was created and taxes on income were passed to pay for war expenses. Today’s IRS collects the proper amount of tax revenue at the least cost and serves the public by improving quality of products and services. People have been terrified of the IRS, but for what reason? An example of the IRS’s power can be seen in the case of Al Capone, an infamous murder and gang member of Chicago. Police failed to capture him because they couldn’t prove he had murdered the victims. Yet with one check into his accounts, the IRS was able to prosecute him for failure to pay taxes, earning him an eleven-year sentence. Yet their abuse of power is no new issue.