Letter: Tax fraud
For years The Wall Street Journal sent a hypothetical taxpayer circumstance to 10 different CPA firms. Year after year they would receive back 10 different tax liabilities.
Taxpayer's unease with the Internal Revenue System continues to grow as once again the agency is shown to create its own laws, priorities, and rules, as reported in the Jan. 10 Wall Street Journal.
Compounding the worry is the five years it took to prove the IRS guilty of slow-walking Tea Party-Patriot groups on applications for exempt status in the run-up to the 2012
election. The $3.5 million fine paid out of taxpayer funds was another slap in the face of attentive Americans.
Add that former IRS chief Lois Lerner who, after successfully covered up agency wrongdoing before Congress for two years was allowed to retire with full benefits, and you're leading taxpayers to conclude the IRS rules the Congress, not the other way around.
The only way to have a de-weaponized IRS, which obviously intimidates lawmakers, is to go to a national sales tax. This would simplify rules, stop the threat of nefarious audits, and end the IRS as a tool against enemies of the bureaucratic state. In addition, it would take the governor off the engines of personal motivation in each of us.
The uniquely American ideal regarding the "pursuit of happiness" never included the muscular arm of your authoritative government tattooed with the letters "IRS."