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It is time to revamp our tax code and ease the workload of the IRS

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Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2012 12:00 am

If you ever had any doubts about the necessity of revamping our tax code, Nina E. Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate, furnished it in her annual report delivered to Congress on Jan. 11.

She identified the IRS' expanding workload and declining resources as the most serious problems facing taxpayers. Sharp increases in the IRS workload are due to several factors, including the increasing complexity of the tax code and the code's frequent changes.

From 2001 to 2010, there were approximately 4,430 changes to the tax code, including 579 changes in 2010 alone. The IRS must explain each new provision to the taxpayer, write computer code so it can process returns affected by the provisions and train its auditors to identify improper claims.

The IRS is charged with providing service to an increasingly diverse taxpayer population; it has an increasing responsibility for administering social and economic policies, handle a surge in refund fraud and tax-related identity issues, and implement the new third party information reporting.

Ms. Olson says that the IRS's expanding use of automated processes to adjust tax liabilities are causing harm to taxpayers. She recommends that Congress enact a comprehensive Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

From what I understand, if Obama is re-elected and Obamacare is implemented, the IRS will get the job of policing it, which will mean many more employees and an increased budget.

Our tax code is a monstrosity of social engineering giving special treatment to many special interest groups. When our government is more than $15 trillion in debt and projected to raise the debt ceiling another $1.2 trillion this year, our national debt will exceed our gross national product.

America has got to quit spending more than it takes in, begin to reduce the national debt, cut useless agencies, waste, duplication of programs and get our house in order. When we borrow 40 cents of every dollar we spend, we are well on the road to becoming another Greece.

Phyllis Roche


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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:15 am on Tue, Jan 24, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...She commits “BLATENT PLAGERISM ”, although no doubt her "letters" are simply a cut and paste from a JBS cut and paste.

    Actually, why would Ms Bobin think Ms Roche was taking credit? I thought it was very obvious that the letter was submitted with no intention of taking credit. She selected portions of what she felt was important and submitted it. I thank her.

    We can always depend on Ms Bobin to tear down and viciously attack anyone who posts or writes anything that articulates positions she resents. Ms Roche presents information and a perspective that I would had been deprived of had she not submitted this letter.

    I thought the letter to the editor was about sharing information with the public that someone feels is important. If I benefit from what she submitted, I could care less who wrote it. Evidently, it is more important for Ms Bobin to express her hateful animus rather that appreciate whatever comes her way.
    If Ms Roche was attempting to benefit or make money from this letter, that would be different. However, it is obvious she is simply sharing information that she thought was worth reading. Ms Bobin falsely accuses her of plagiarism. One has to have intent to benefit from the information in that regard; Like a student who uses others work in order to make a better grade... or a person who writes an article for profit... In this case, she is simply sharing information with no intent to benefit in any way.
    Ms Bobin has nothing better to do than to let her venom drip on others for her own amusement.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 4:58 pm on Mon, Jan 23, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 550

    I'm just concerned that Congress will simplify the tax code by creating two lines:

    (1) How much did you make last year? _________________

    (2) Send the amount listed on line one to the US Treasury.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 2:06 am on Mon, Jan 23, 2012.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Oops. Clarification: Extra workload on the IRS: No problem for the IRS to find the necessary resources. They have an unlimited supply of agents.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 2:05 am on Mon, Jan 23, 2012.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Extra workload on the IRS: No problem.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 2:05 am on Mon, Jan 23, 2012.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Phyllis: such a good job of writing skill! Where did you learn to write like that?

  • daniel hutchins posted at 2:04 am on Mon, Jan 23, 2012.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Joanne: I'm surprised that got through the LNS editors. One time I sent two duplicate letters to separate newspapers, and LNS told me that they couldn't publish because it was a duplicate, and they told me the name of the other newspaper.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:04 pm on Sat, Jan 21, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    When will Ms. Roche quit pretending that she writes original letters and give appropriate credit to her sources.

    All one has to do is take a sentence or paragraph, Google it, and find where she got her devine inspiration. She commits blatent plagerism, although no doubt her "letters" are simply a cut and paste from a JBS cut and paste.

    Link to the IRS website that states EXACTLY what Ms. Roche presents as her own "knowledge."



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