The Internal Revenue Service And The Current Tax Code

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I am Michael Bull, a constituent of yours living in Murfreesboro, TN. I am part of a local citizen’s task force seeking reform of the Internal Revenue Service and the current tax code. No one likes paying taxes, yet most acknowledge the necessity for them; and we all receive benefits from these taxes in one form or another. However, the massive Internal Revenue Service and the overwhelming number of tax laws and their complexity place undue burden on most tax payers and filers. Issue Background For corporations and individual tax filers alike, filing one’s taxes is no small feat due to the tax code’s complexity and volume. The number of laws, exclusions, exemptions, credits, taxes, deductions, and revisions are more than any one person…show more content…
Reforming the US tax code into a document a fraction of its current size would help elevate this type of abuse and make it more difficult for people to misuse its content for their own personal agenda. Rogue agents are not the only ones who abuse this monstrosity, the more tax savvy a filer is, the better they are at tax avoidance with so many area to benefit. Whereas a less proficient tax filer or one who cannot afford a professional to prepare their taxes are likely to lose out on deductions or credits they may have otherwise been able to claim had they known about them. Also, with so many parts to the tax code coupled with the number of tax filers, it is impossible to audit are tax returns filed by the shrinking size of the Internal Revenue Service employees. This allows for more criminals to commit fraud in their filings. Another area of concern for us is the amount of time and money spent annually on filing tax returns to ensure compliance of a document of this magnitude. According to the Internal Revenue Service’s own web site in a report presented to Congress 9 Jan. 2013 by the National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Focuses on Tax Reform, IRS Funding, and Identity Theft, “individuals and businesses spend about 6.1 billion hours a year complying with tax-filing requirements.” That is equivalent to more than 3 million people working
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