Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Coming soon: The IRS will do your taxes for you

Ronald Reagan once said that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Now we can add three more to that sentence: “…with your taxes.” TheDC’s Matt Lewis reports: “Imagine this scenario: The IRS may soon just do your taxes for you — and send you the bill. If this sounds farfetched, it’s not.

With a new congressional ‘super committee’ tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in cuts by November, creative ways to find additional revenue are in high demand. And allowing the IRS to prepare your taxes could be one solution. Obama’s former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee made a strong case for it in a 2006 New York Times op-ed, explaining, ‘… the revenue service could send you a tax form already filled out with the information it has for you — a Simple Return — rather than a blank tax form.You would simply check the numbers against your W-2 and 1099 and then sign it…’

While the notion of allowing government to encroach on yet another aspect of our lives might sound like a hard sell, members of the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) believe this is a very real threat. ‘There is a fundamental conflict of interest if the tax collectors also become the tax preparer,’ said CCIA President and CEO Ed Black. ‘If you don’t trust the fox to guard your hen house, why trust the IRS to do your taxes. It’s the same exact thing. They make it sound so convenient, but it’s really just a convenient way to kiss your deductions and tax credits goodbye.’”

Hey, every cent you make is the government’s money, and they’re nice enough to let you hold some of it for them. You should be ashamed of yourselves, America, for wanting to keep what you earn, instead of giving it to your betters at gunpoint to do with as they see fit. Now shut up and get back to work, you. This massively bloated bureaucracy isn’t just going to pay for itself.

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  1. Oh Noooooos. Well written though. Definitely a fun read. Dang man you read the daily caller? Talk about an obscure agenda driven news source. Your story was much more fun to read though.

  2. I read lots of sources. I never let just one be the foundation for my beliefs. I always do my best to fact check to ensure I get the full story.

  3. I don't think so. From what I read you go get enough facts to support your opinion and ignore the rest of the information. I.E social security, those numbers you gave me were from a three tiered discussion on the future of social security. There was a best case, bad case, and worse case. You chose only to discuss the worst case scenario and totally failed to acknowledge the solutions that are available which are conveniently displayed on the social security website.

    I can see how you came to that conclusion. The website you sited also failed to acknowledge any of that data. I actually went and dug up that study.

  4. Pointless personal attacks on me will not change the facts. Government is intruding into every aspect of out lives and it was never intended to do so. Our Constitution was never intended to become a masters whip to be use to beat down rights of the people.