What is going on with the IRS?

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I wonder about the credibility of the IRS right now. They gave bonus’ to people that hadn’t paid their taxes? How would the IRS react if companies gave bonus’ to everyone that got audited? To me that just seems well, wrong.

It isn’t an easy process enforcing the arcane and scary tax laws of the United States. In 1979 the national debate question was tax reform yes or no (basically). It remains an issue. Its time for a bi-partisan look at taxes – both sides agreeing that we need to make things better across the board for everyone. Right now I don’t see that happening. So we wait – at this point it would take them 2 years to implement any substantive reforms.

That is two years I don’t have personally. Oh well. The deeper the mess the longer it takes to clean up.

You have to worry about an organization that acts that way. Particularly when they can reach into my paycheck and take money away from me, both before and after I earn it.

It just makes me wonder sometimes.

Going forward I think I will go back to the beliefs of Tadeusz Kościuszko who fought (at great personal expense) alongside the founding fathers of this country but sought beyond simply freeing the majority. He wanted equality for those held and slaves, those who were oppressed and downtrodden. I suspect it is time that the IRS look at the world in a similar vein. You cannot in the end create system that isn’t equitable and expect people to say “That’s fine with me.”

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Scott Andersen

IASA Fellow