"Eight decades of amendments... to (the) code have produced a virtually
impenetrable maze... The rules are unintelligible to most citizens...
The rules are equally mysterious to many government employees who are
charged with administering and enforcing the law."
by:
Shirley Peterson
Former IRS Commissioner
Date:
2/28/2002
Source:
Citizens' Truth-In-Taxation Hearing, Washington D.C.
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There is finally a bill on the floor introducing a flat sales tax. Do you think it has a chance in that sea of lawyers? As much chance as an icecube in the Caribbean!
 -- Senoir Reek, Corozal, Belize, Central America     
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    The Truth always gets no less than 4 stars. It just blows my mind that this obvious DECEPTION has been allowed to flourish for sooo long. This Maze we call "The US Tax Code" is one from which there is no exit other than to scrap the whole thing and start from the beginning with the guidence of Common Sense and All Around Fairness.
     -- KS, Queensbury,NY.     
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    An old gestapo tactic is to pass so many laws the average citizen is never aware he or she is even breaking one. But they'll never be another Third Reich....right?
     -- R.A. McMillan, Knoxville     
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    Every couple of years we hear about a Flat Tax...this is a political ploy designed so that the taxpayers actually think the pols are thinking about us. Baloney.
     -- A. Jurgensen, Stuart, FL     
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    Obviously a case of the blind leading the bland. Trying to fathom the 800,000 or so pages of the Tax Code is like trying to swim ten yards with your winter clothing and boots on. KS is quire right - scrap the whole darn thing and limit its replacement to no more than three pages (including the front and back covers).
     -- john-douglas, nassau     
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     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    Supporting a flat tax is exactly what the plutocrats would have us do. The working people of the country provide for the greater part of all the infrastructure of society including educated citizens who furnish the labor for which owners get full benefit as employees, now 500 plus times the income of the average employee. The fairest and most decent tax is the graduated income tax--- which at one time was 90% at the highest level.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
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    The founders had it right, no direct or capitation tax. The de jure constitutional federal government neither needs a flat or graduated income tax (both being immoral and un-natural drains on the strongest of economies and the sovereign individual)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Lastly, a flat tax is graduated - it also stops companies and the wealthy indivuals from using the tax code to avoid paying taxes. The poor are unable to utilize the offices of Smart, Rich, and Wiggles, Inc.
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
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    All thru the 90s I convinced a lot of Congressman and Senators that the IRS should be dissolved. At that time 50% of the people that lived and worked in the USA did not pay income taxes. Shirley D. Peterson even started to understand that and when Hillary fired her, she started making speeches about how and why we should get rid of the IRS. She was followed by Fredrick Peterson, the commissioner before her.
     -- RUSSELL FULLINGIM, RED BLUFF, CA     
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    Damn our ancestors for voting for the Progressives in the early part of the 20th century. We are suffering for their sins.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    There is nothing fair about a graduated income tax, sorry Dick. Beware of the flat tax idea as it will probably be set very high by our friends (fiends) in the Congress. My idea would be to get rid of 90% of all government bureaus, stop most, if not all, subsidies and foreign aid, and there would be no need for an income tax or most other taxes. We could also save a few hundred million by making Pelosi fly on regular airlines,preferably coach, and stopping all those million dollar vacations by Michelle and her herd.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    That is why the IRS was choosen by Obama to run our new health care system
     -- warren, olathe     
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    The 2nd plank of the communist manifesto is grand larceny and enslavement, no matter one, eight or a thousand decades of amendments.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The 2nd plank of the communist manifesto is grand larceny and enslavement, no matter one, eight or a thousand decades of amendments.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    A.Jurgensen, I like what you wrote.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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