WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 – It is now a mere 364 days until Americans must once again file their income tax returns. Because they are not taking enough of our money already, the Internal Revenue Service is looking at yet more regulations that would tax even more of everything.
The IRS now wants to tax everything from employer provided food, shuttles and even yoga classes. They are finding new and creative ways to squeeze every dime they can out of us. But even as the IRS discusses new and more oppressive tax regulations, there is a bigger point Americans are missing.
Yesterday, former Secretary of Defense and former CEO of a major corporation, Donald Rumsfeld, wrote a letter to the IRS. In that letter, Rumsfeld told the IRS that he had absolutely no idea if his taxes were right or not. Rumsfeld wrote:
“’I have sent in our federal income tax and our gift tax returns for 2013. As in prior years, it is important for you to know that I have absolutely no idea whether our tax returns and our tax payments are accurate. I say that despite the fact that I am a college graduate and I try hard to make sure our tax returns are accurate.”
Rumsfeld hit the nail on the head.
The American tax code is a byzantine nightmare of breaks, incentives and even direct payments for special interests. Wealthy Americans and corporations have lobbyists to carve out tax breaks for themselves, but the rest of us are stuck with a system that is incomprehensible and probably impossible to comply with.
The purpose of the tax code and the Internal Revenue Service is to generate income for the operation of government. They have failed miserably at the task. The tax code is now little more than a collection of tax breaks and credits for the rich, the powerful, and the special interests. The IRS is just an arm of the progressive movement.
In 2012, IRS employees considered it perfectly acceptable to turn the Dallas IRS office into a virtual “reelect Obama” office. There are recordings of multiple IRS employees bashing Republicans or telling taxpayers to reelect Obama in 2012.
Former IRS executive Lois Lerner considered it her personal mission to attack conservative groups because they disagreed with liberals. Emails released by Congress show Lerner in 2013 demanding that Karl Rove’s 501(c)(4) group not receive a tax exempt status and be audited. In 2013, every single 501(c)(4) group that was audited by the IRS was a conservative group; not a single liberal group was audited.
As Americans now pass the annual milestone of having to file our tax returns, reexamining the tax code and the IRS is long overdue.
One hundred years ago, the first income tax returns were filed. The Sixteenth Amendment had been ratified and the income tax became a permanent fixture in American life. One hundred years ago, only the super wealthy paid income tax and even then it was only on a small portion of their income.
Today, there is not an American whose life is not touched in some way by the insane American tax code and the IRS.
It is time that both of them go away.
One hundred years of the personal income tax have proven that all the income tax is good for is to provide for the easy, endless expansion of government.
After one hundred years, it is time to call the Sixteenth Amendment what it is: a complete failure.
SIXTEENTH AMENDMENT: The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.
Conservatives must unite so that by 2018, when we see the 105th anniversary of the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment, that amendment becomes the second amendment to the constitution to be repealed.