April 15, 2006
i toldja it was a bitch!
My income tax returns are in the mail. Boy, that's a load off my mind. I've always believed that I was a pretty bright fellow, even if I WAS an English Major and math is NOT my forte, but plowing through the IRS instructions completely humbled me.
I was NOT a bright man. I was a monkey fucking a football.
I finally threw in the towel and bought Turbo Tax for both my state and federal taxes. I spent a total of around $100 by the time all was said and done, but I figure that it was cheap at the price. Trying to compute my taxes myself made me believe that my head might explode. I was on the verge of becoming homicidal.
Evidently, I am not the only monkey out there. Dealing with our 60,000 pages of tax code drives a LOT of people to the brink of insanity.
Last year six out of every 10 tax filers were so intimidated they had to hire a professional tax preparer to figure out how much they owe. Things are so bad that some psychiatrists are trying to get "fear of tax filing" designated as an official medical disability. The Tax Foundation calculates that all of this complexity imposes an enormous deadweight loss on the U.S. economy of some $250 billion a year, or almost 20 cents of compliance costs for every dollar raised. Tax compliance this year will cost more money than is paid in income taxes by every resident of California.
If six out of ten people are as fucked-up and mind-blown as I was doing my taxes, then we ought to be able to do something to solve the problem. That's a got-dam MAJORITY of taxpayers we're talking about. I know that everybody is afraid of the IRS, but when calculating their own taxes is beyond the ability of that many people, their screams of pain and frustration should be heard.
We should all be yelling at the top of our lungs to Washington, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" The system is broke, and YOU need to fix it.
Did you know that the IRS has a mission statement? Well, they do, and here it is:
"Provide America's taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all."
BWHAHAHAHAHAAA!!! Have you ever heard such utter bullshit in your life? Call one of the IRS "Help" lines and see what you get, IF you get anything other than a busy signal or a recorded voice saying please hold because all associates are busy
Somebody needs to be dragged off and shot for allowing such a mess to occur.
If I were
I think five cents on the dollar would produce plenty of money to run the government, especially when you consider all the "shadow" economy you catch with a sales tax. Right now, the IRS doesn't get a dime from a $100,000 drug deal. Under a national sales tax, the dealers pay when they spend the money.
Besides, ANYTHING is better than what we have now.
But I really don't expect the tax laws to change, except to become more complicated. Politicians use the current system to reward their friends and punish their enemies. You don't expect them to relinquish THAT kind of tool, do you? I think not.
And despite political promises of simplification, the tax-code tinkering gets worse every year. President Bush's tax-reform commission reported that, since the 1986 reform, Congress has added 15,000 new and mostly special-interest provisions to the code. Another deadweight cost of all the carve-outs and dodges arranged by Washington's corporate lobbyists is that tax rates have to be roughly twice as high to raise enough revenue to operate the government. These high tax rates are fiscally self-defeating because they distort and discourage economically productive behavior and thus shrink the tax base still further. (Emphasis mine)It's going to take a taxpayer revolt to change that crap and we're just not pissed off enough yet for that to happen. Until then, it'll be the same old shit, just a different day.
So, I'll keep my subscription to Turbo Tax up to date and hope that the program is sophisticated enough to handle whatever the government throws at it next. But...
If you're organizing a taxpayer revolt, where do I sign to join?
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