Skip to comments.New planů let the IRS do your taxes for you!
Posted on 05/04/2014 5:03:51 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
It’s a couple of weeks too late for this to help most people this year, but I’m sure many of you ran into issues filing your taxes. It’s a huge pain in the backside, isn’t it? Over at Redstate, Matthew Clark dredges up a brilliant scheme from Ezra Klein which should make all of your lives easier.
Why not let the IRS do our taxes for us?
Liberal wunderkind Ezra Klein (formerly of the Washington Post and now of Vox.com) was pushing this new idea a few weeks ago.
Well it wasnt really new. Hes been pushing it for years.
The idea is to let the IRS, which already has your income and other tax information reported to it, prepare your taxes for you. Klein promotes that it will save billions of dollars and millions of man-hours and make the IRS your friend. I mean who really likes doing their own taxes?
But its one of the absolute worst ideas Ive ever heard.
Well, sure… the idea is bound to have a few critics, but not everyone would oppose it apparently. I don’t know if they still do this, but back in the 80′s I dated a girl who informed me that she had never filled out a tax return. Each year she simply filled in her name, date of birth, SSN and other personal bits on a blank 1040 and stuffed it in an envelope with her W-2. She then mailed it off to the IRS and had never had any problems with it. Now, I’m not sure if this was legal and her return was processed properly or she just hadn’t ever been caught, but she claimed to have gotten refund checks in the past, so I assumed it was possible.
Should you do it? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that there might be a few people who could conceivably benefit from it. Young, single folks with one source of regular income who rent (rather than owning their home) and with no major outstanding debt or savings, could possibly get away with this and not lose much in the bargain. But I also agree with Matthew in that the IRS has the least possible incentive imaginable to put in any effort to ensure you get all of the deductions, etc. possible and pay the lowest bill. I mean, even if you implicitly trusted the government to begin with, this just sounds like a recipe for losing money.
Just give the Obama Admin all the money , then they will give you want they think you deserve
oh yeah, that’ll work, good one.
Why don’t we just send them our entire incomes,they will send back what they think we need to survive.
no competing interests there sarc
This has been in the works for 10 years. They plan to use their real time access to our accounts to track income and spending.
They plan to track every single penny.
In the days of serfdom, the tax collector came by and did your taxes for you by grabbing some of your geese. No one ever underpaid.
Don’t give them any ideas!
(although I’m sure the battiest of the moonbats already pine for it)
If I let the IRS do my taxes, I would probably be spending the next 5 years in prison. When I got out, I’d be going back in for letting them do it again.
The welfare parasites expect the government to do something like that.`I expect the government to oblige them at some point.
Let’s go to the Fair Tax and eliminate the IRS.
There you go Chode,trying to superimpose logic onto the IRS and liberals.
If we put an end to the automatic increases in the welfare state, you could do it with less than 10%.
Russia is currently doing it with 13%.
The former Communists have a more Capitalist tax code than we do.
Line one: How much did you make last year?
Line two: Send it in.
Here is my counter proposal: Flat Tax
I like that idea
There’s one for you, nineteen for me
What happens if you start a Tea Party or other conservative group?
I say flood them with paper returns. Flood them with phone calls. Make those assholes regret working for that criminal organization.
Pine for it? The word is plan.
They’ve been working on this for years. Most of the time Congress has denied funding for their projects but they are inching closer every year.
Only works for the brain dead!!
The tax code is thousands of pages on how not to pay taxes.
They have had that program around for years. The real problem is that if it is instituted for everyone is if you are on the enemies list .....
- Obama only paid 20% and NYC (Commie) Mayor only paid 8.5%
- That is the most you should pay in income taxes
- “fairness” & “equality” and free $100,000,000 vacations in Afreaka right?
I’m a seasonal, professional tax preparer of 10 years plus and an Enrolled Agent qualified to practice and represent taxpayers in civil matters in IRS disputes. There are areas in the tax code that are so confusing, so nuanced as to defy simple answers. When I prepare a return, I look for everything I can find to lower a client’s tax burden, this has been decided as a right by the US Supreme Court. When an IRS Employee (Lois Learner?) does a tax return, are they going to do the same? The ancient Romans had a saying - Qui bono! Look it up!
why not simply goto a 10% flat tax and eliminate the IRS all together???
This becomes a moot point if you simply eliminate corporate taxes altogether. (Ronald Reagan’s greatest non-implemented idea.)
No corporation actually pays taxes anyway - not if they want to stay in business. They simply either fabricate deductions or pass the taxes along to the consumer.
Those who lobby for higher corporate taxes are simply lobbying to have the prices they pay increased.
When I hear of people calling the IRS with a question & getting 10 different answers to the same question;this seems like a bit of a crapshoot.
How many of the big tax prep companies support Democrats? All of them?
I don’t know, but they, along with a lot of CPAs and attorneys have a vested interest in making the tax code as Machiavellian and arcane as possible.
” if you implicitly trusted the government to begin with, this just sounds like a recipe for losing money.”
If you implicitly trust the government you probably don’t have the sense to spend your own money well to begin with.
A 10% (just a figure to work with) tax on all personal purchases as the only taxes the FEDGOV get, THAT would be simple and final.
So it will never be the policy.
I used to wonder why the govt taxed us when they can just print the money they need.
Ezra Klein, founder of Journolist ping.
Maybe no one else remembers this, but when Obama got into office, the first thing he did was use Affordable Care Act to increase the number of IRS agents by the thousands and he also tried to make it so that the only people who could prepare tax returns for money were people who were sanctioned by the govt.: IRS Enrolled Agents, tax lawyers, CPA’s and tax preparers who would have passed a special IRS test for tax preparers.
The courts struck that testing requirement down, but I’m sure that they are still looking for ways to deputize all people who prepare and submit tax returns and to require all tax payers to use these professional tax preparers (deputized agents) to legally file.
Later, they will make sure these deputized agents are trained to go through all of your private business to make sure you are adhering to every PC thought and practice demanded by the Marxist administration.
Elvis Presley did this. His father, who handled Elvis’ finances, was afraid of using private accountants because he thought one wrong slip and Elvis would be broke and/or go to jail. So they had the IRS do their taxes for them directly. As a result, they never gave Elvis many deductions he was entitled to. And when he died, the IRS came after his estate, claiming that the IRS was owed 2.5 million. And soon increased that claim to 25 million.
A flat tax, as commonly proposed, isn't a solution to this problem. The complicated part of the income tax code is determining what income is taxable and what expenses are deducted. The simplest part is determining what tax rate to apply.
Abandoning income tax and going to some form of consumption tax is the way to go. It is in this situation only that I agree with the estate tax. If the estate is made up of income which has already been taxed, it is wrong to tax it again at death. However, if someone had hoarded a fortune under a consumption tax (and avoided taxes as a result), it would be fair to tax the estate upon death - call it the final transaction.
I would love to dismantle the IRS just for the message it would sent - we are tired of your abusive tactics. Unfortunately, some tax authorities would have to be in place to assure compliance.
10% import tariff
10% income tax on non citizens
0% tax on citizens.