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 can possibly keep track of. According to J.D. Harrison, Senior Editor, Digital Content for the US Chamber of Commerce, it has been some thirty years since the last major overhaul of the US tax code. He also adds, that more the 50,000 pages of text have been added to the tax code since 1986, making the document in excess of 74,000 pages. Senator, one example of the complexity resulting from these 74,000 plus pages, is that of nearly 200 various forms an individual tax filer may have to complete based on their individual tax situation. As with any document this size, it becomes easy to misuse and even abuse the system. We saw this in several cases over the past few years where, hopefully, isolated groups of Internal Revenue Service agents have

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