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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