Skip to comments.Rumsfeld: 'I know I don't know' if my tax return was done accurately
Posted on 04/15/2014 5:09:17 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld filed his taxes on Tuesday with an added twist: a letter telling the IRS that he had no idea whether his return was, in fact, accurate.
Despite the fact that I am a college graduate and I try hard to make sure our tax returns are accurate...I know that I do not know whether or not my tax returns are accurate, which is a sad commentary on governance in our nation's capital," Rumsfeld's letter reads.
The letters phrasing appears to allude to Rumsfelds famous unknown unknowns statement in 2002, when he said, in reference to Iraqi weapons programs, that there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we dont know we dont know.
The letter was revealed via a tweet Rumsfeld sent out Tuesday afternoon with a picture of the letter.
That I & most Americans have no idea whether our taxes are accurate tells us something. My annual letter to the #IRS: pic.twitter.com/BFh0AXTvAk Donald Rumsfeld (@RumsfeldOffice) April 15, 2014
Rumsfeld's letter expresses hope that the U.S. will reform its tax code to be simpler at some point in my lifetime, and I am now in my 80s, so there are not many years left.
Tax reform has been a major issue in recent years on Capitol Hill, with several representatives and interest groups pushing for the tax code to be simplified with lower rates but fewer deductions.
I love Rumsfeld. He is a good American.
I blame congress as much as the cronies in the IRS. Our representatives need to man up and take back control.
FDR wrote a similar letter back in the day.
I sure hope Rummy isn’t going to be targeted for an audit now after sending in that letter.
Rumsfeld blew their minds with his “unknown unknowns” comment back in the day.
He shouldn’t worry. The IRS would have to read it to find out what’s in it. These days, most government employees don’t bother to read anything anyway. Especially those commie jugheads up on Capitol Hill.
The next Republican platform should include a statement pledging a net reduction in the size of the federal register and tax codes respectively.
The IRS does not know either.
If you call the IRS help line, you often get different answers to the same question.
If you talk to an IRS agent, they often give different answers.
As long as Rummy isn’t attending any TEA Party rallies, he should be safe ;)
Don’t worry Donald, the IRS will be delighted to point out the error of your ways.
I’m an MBA but I pay a guy to do my taxes. Its because I’m an MBA that I pay a guy. I trust him which is the only reason I think they’re done right.
I'm happy to pay to avoid the aggravation and for plausible deniability since I'm convinced it's impossible to not violate some rule or other.
Unfortunately there is no plausible deniability when it comes to your tax returns. Once you sign it, you own it, even if you didn’t prepare it and didn’t read it.
I don’t even do the 1040EZ for my kids. It’s like volunteering for aggravation.
Of course you’re right; it’s a psych game I play to retain what little’s left of my sanity.
There IS a common sense, liberty based fix for the despotic tax system under which we stupidly suffer.
It’s described in the 4 1/2 minute video at the link.
If you agree, PLEASE SHARE THIS POST.
If you DO NOT, gently clank your chains. (Not too loud or massa might notice and become angry.)
I had the same thought...the letter almost says “I am old and vulnerable, so go ahead and audit, steal, or malign my reputation and my money”
Like Dick Cheney, he’s a National Treasure.
I’ve done my own tax returns since my dad taught me how to fill out the 1040EZ back in 1961 when I earned a few hundred dollars at a summer job and had a small refund due me. I did them by hand for years, then switched to TurboTax about 15 years ago. I buy their audit insurance every year from them which means they will defend my return to the IRS and I will never had to meet with the IRS and they pay any fees, fines or taxes I may owe, if audited. The hardest part of doing your taxes is gathering all of your numbers and paperwork. The easiest part is to enter that information into the software. I never understood paying someone else money to do what I can essentially do myself.
But I have to agree with Rumsfeld. I too am a college graduate and spent years as an underwriter in the mortgage banking business where I had analyze prospective borrower’s tax returns to ascertain their income. But I never know for sure whether I have done my return properly, even though TurboTax performs error and audit checks several times before I file the return. I’ve never been audited in 52 years. I hope that track record continues into the future.
The tax system needs a major overhaul but good luck with that, when we have such divergent ideas from both political parties as to what should be done, if anything.
I sure agree with you. I loved his book.
That was my first thought as well.
You file taxes with the paperwork you have, not the paperwork you might want or wish to have at a later time
The IRS knows that if Elijah Cummings says "jump" that they must say "how high?"
It's all about Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.
And, I’ve heard that if you rely on information from an IRS rep on the phone, that you can still be held liable for errors.
I’ve heard that you need to get tax advice/interpretations of laws and regulations, in writing, from the IRS to be able to defend yourself against an audit of certain things. Someone correct me if I’m mistaken in that. If true, it is maddening, because it means you can’t get clarification without jumping through lots of hoops.
The IRS and the tax code are a convoluted contraption of reeking garbage which they pull right out of thin air.
If line 72B is more than 1000 and line 26C is less than 38k, subtract 2, add 54k, subtract 52, multiply by 300k and divide by 120. If you or your spouse eat chicken 3x per week or less, check mark box 261 and send the rest to the IRS. If you feel you did not pay enough, add more.
Sign under penalty of perjury.
What an outstanding MAN! I just said about the same thing today.
This is what makes me sweat bullets even when I document each and every thing, tell my accountant to be very conservative and still feel like I screwed up! I have no idea if my tax return is correct!
You have 10 CPAs do a simple 1040 for a W-2 wage earner and you will get 10 results.
It is indeed a sorry state of affairs isn’t it?
The tax code is the special weapon of politicians to punish enemies and favor friends. It is all but expressly subject to interpretation.
The perversity of our tax code can be summed up as:
Concentrated benefits to the few in the short term, paid for by dispersed costs to the many in the long run.
A lobbyist’s dream.