TAKE THE DAY OFF

IRS leaders have told all 97,000 of their employees to take the day off.  In fact they have told them to take five days off in 2013.  At first blush this would appear to be a magnanimous gesture to show appreciation for the hard working civil servants who toil within the federal tax machine.  However, the furloughs of IRS employees will be unpaid.  And since there will be no employees, the IRS will close its doors to taxpayers, too.

In an effort to comply with the Congress "sequester" mandate, the IRS will be closed to employees and taxpayers alike on the following days in 2013: May 24, June 14, July 5, July 22 and August 30.  IRS management has reserved the right to add other days at a later time.

Because none of the furlough days are considered federal holidays, the shutdown will have no impact on any tax-filing deadlines. The IRS will be unable to accept or acknowledge receipt of electronically-filed returns on any day the agency is shut down.  So, the shutdown should have no effect on returns filed or revenues received.  Actually, the IRS may be able to increase penalties assessed to taxpayers who miss deadlines because the IRS is closed. 

The genius behind this action is that IRS leaders are demonstrating that the IRS is overstaffed, its budget is too big and the daily efforts of IRS employees are not essential.  From the IRS employees' perspective, this may be akin to the ship's captain who announced to his crew, "Now hear this.  All leave is cancelled until morale picks up."

We hope that Congress is paying attention.  This heroic federal agency is showing through policy and practice how we can reduce federal spending by 2% (5 days/260 days) without any negative impact on the function of government.

Our thanks to the brave IRS bureaucrats who have shown us the way to shrink government and reduce spending.  Our condolences to Acting IRS Commissioner Miller, who has been asked to resign just when we need a visionary leader.

Thank you for your attention.

Citizens for Tax Complexity

PLEADING VERSUS DRINKING THE FIFTH

It will be interesting to see what unintended consequences spring up now that an IRS official has exercised her right to avoid self incrimination by pleading the Fifth.

Lois Lerner, the director of the IRS division that singled out conservative groups, invoked the Fifth Amendment before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  Following her example, will we see a flurry of invocations of the Fifth by taxpayers when they're dealing with the IRS?

Aren't many penalties assessed by the IRS based upon information contained in "voluntarily" filed income  and employer tax returns?  If the IRS didn't receive those returns it couldn't assess penalties based on errors or omissions contained in them.  Taxpayers are incriminating themselves by filing tax returns, aren't they?

If taxpayers plead the Fifth, will they be able to avoid filing self incriminating tax returns?

NO!

It would lead to chaos if our system of government permitted citizens to exercise the same rights and privileges as those enjoyed by our political leaders and bureaucrats.  Our founding fathers never intended that mere citizens should have the same rights as civil servants and bureaucrats to avoid self incrimination in tax matters.  We are not equal under the Internal Revenue Code.  The IRS has what it takes to take what we have... as God intended.  Citizens do not have what it takes to take anything from the IRS.  This is part of the genius behind our system of government... separation of tax and state.  If you find yourself in a potentially incriminating situation with the IRS, remember the two cardinal rules:

Rule #1:  The IRS is smarter than you are, therefore it is always right.

Rule #2:   If you think the IRS has made a mistake, refer to Rule #1.

If you find yourself in a pickle with the IRS, don't take the Fifth.  We recommend that you drink a fifth.  You may not get better results, but they will be quicker.

Thank you for your attention,

Citizens for Tax Complexity

FAIR HANDED IRS

If the IRS is one thing it is fair.

The IRS would have attacked liberals as well as conservatives if they both had threatened the existence of the IRS.  But that isn't the case.  Only "Tea Parties" and "Patriots" threatened to eliminate the IRS or seriously reduce its role through a flat tax.  Liberals didn't attack the IRS.  So, the IRS didn't attack them.  Seems fair to us.

In the words of George Bernard Shaw, "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."

Thank you for your attention,

Citizens for Tax Complexity

 

IRS IS BEST MANAGED BUREAURACRACY

The IRS is one of the best managed bureaucracies in the country, perhaps in the world.  Otherwise it would not be able to give its managers more than $92 million in performance bonuses.  See the article in the Washington Examiner for more proof of the competency of the IRS.

We are here to praise the IRS, not to bury it.

Thank you for your attention,

Citizens for Tax Complexity

IN DEFENSE OF THE IRS

The IRS is not a political enterprise.  It is a U.S. government institution.  As such, when it defends itself, it is by definition defending our country.

The IRS nurtures and now stands guard over the federal system of government that we have come to know and love.  Through no fault of its own the IRS has been threatened.  Conservative organizations have advocated the destruction of the IRS.  They have threatened to dismantle it and to simplify the federal tax code.  The unintended consequences of such folly could bring our way of government to its knees.

The IRS is not at fault for targeting Tea Party and other conservative "non-profit" enterprises.  The IRS is on the side of right and our sense of fairness should drive us to its defense.  The IRS is to be praised for standing up for itself and for the U.S.A.  Without our complex tax code and the IRS to defend it where would we be?  Thousands of accountants, lawyers, tax advisers and government bureaucrats would be without work.  Our political leaders would lack the funds that they invest so wisely on our behalf. 

The IRS does not sit idly by when it is attacked.  It takes action, especially against those misguided souls who think our federal government is too big, that it spends too much and that it outlaws freedom of choice.

The IRS is not acting politically.  It is acting out of patriotic self defense.

Don't mess with the IRS.  As their employee mantra goes, "We are the IRS.  We've got what it takes to take what you've got."

Thank you for your attention,

CITIZENS FOR TAX COMPLEXITY

COMPLEXITY SPAWNS GROWTH

Academia and Citizens for Tax Complexity are of like mind.  George Washington University has arrived at the same conclusion that we have...  tax complexity employs citizens and puts food on their tables.

Face The Facts USA (FTF), an online project of George Washington University, says the complexity of the U.S. Tax Code has led to an entire industry which employs more than a million and puts food on the tables of our citizens.   Go to Face The Facts USA.

Complexity is good.  It employs many and feeds some of us.  Simplicity is dangerous.  Simplifying processes puts some of us out of work.

Thank you for your attention.

CITIZENS FOR TAX COMPLEXITY