Does it seem odd to anyone that the Internal Revenue Service has a budget of something more than $10 billion? What’s worse is that this budget apparently isn’t enough to keep the whole thing running, as the organization now plans to reduce the help that they offer to taxpayers.
That’s right, folks. The IRS will be closing service centers, cutting back on call center hours and completely eliminating the Tele-File system to submit simpler returns, which was last year used by 3.8 million taxpayers.
Not only do they continue to add complexity to a code that is already so far beyond complex that a number of full-time industries exist solely to provide assistance with this chore, now they are going to offer even less help in performing it.
Since 1943, the government has determined that reaching into our paychecks and taking the money before we even get it is the best way at the money. And they are right.
How many of you would balk at writing a check for thousands of dollars each year to the government? Yet it is not so much an issue when that check is broken up into 12 (monthly), 26 (bi-weekly) or 52 (weekly) easy payments, that you never even see.
I understand that taxes are required to run the government, and I really don’t even have a problem with that. I do have a problem with it when they take the money before we get it, then make it criminal to question them about it and finally make it more and more difficult to even know how to figure it out for ourselves.
The current tax code is a myriad of laws that wind in and out of each other so that no normal, sane person can understand them. This code is enforced by the fear of being questioned by the IRS about how we didn’t adhere to this subpoint or that exception.
How can anyone think this is a good idea?