No Sense in Current Tax System

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Saturday, November 23, 2002

No Sense in Current Tax System

Recently I heard from the Internal Revenue Service. Isn’t it funny how their envelopes always get opened first?

The IRS said I owed the government an astronomical amount of money because, they claimed, I failed to report some income on my return two years ago. Half of what they claim that I owe them is interest.

I did report all of my income and I did not owe the money. After writing a letter explaining things and paying for a registered letter, return receipt requested (so I would have evidence I had sent the letter), the IRS wrote me back after nearly two months and said "never mind."

Wouldn’t it be easier on all of us if the unreadable tax code were revised? You make this much, you owe this much ought to be the rule. Some call it a flat tax. I call it common sense.

Why should so many of us have to pay an accountant to do even simple forms? Not even Internal Revenue Service employees understand the system, but if they make a mistake advising you, you pay.

It’s outmoded and outrageous. The Republican majority and the president should change it.

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.