So, just what types of suggestions are being sent to the IRS? Here are a couple.
“In order to get a lower tax rate, I would be willing to give up all my itemized deductions and take a standard deduction. Also, I would be willing to give up all my education and 401K and IRA tax breaks if they were included in one overall credit of some lesser amount."
“Eliminate credits except as necessary. Necessary credits are for education, non-polluting initiatives, donations to nonprofits, and the like…Collect a uniform percent of tax, at least 5 or 6 percent, on internet sales and distribute to the states on a per capita basis. Eliminate or sharply curtail the earned income tax credit. Eliminate the child tax credit…the dependent care credit…any credits or deductions that favor one marital status over another or that favor having children…The kiddie tax should be continued…."
It's income tax time again, Americans: time to gather up those receipts, get out those tax forms, sharpen up that pencil, and stab yourself in the aorta. ~Dave Barry*
The Taxpayer Advocate really does want to get information to the average citizen. There’s even a Twitter page for the IRS! From that page, I found a paper titled Most Serious Problems #1, from the Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual 2010 report to Congress. What taxpayers want most, she says, is simplicity. In a ten-year span, 4,428 revisions to the tax code have occurred, with 579 taking place just in 2010. When Ms. Olsen put all the documents of the tax code into a zip file and then downloaded it all into a Word doc, it came to over 11,000 pages with 3.8 million words.
Plus, have you read those little time estimates on instruction booklets, such as “Completing this form will take you 2.3 minutes?" Well, she has finally called this out as the baloney it is—the IRS time estimate for completion of all forms required on average of all individuals comes to 6.1 billion hours, an amount she deems is more likely closer to 7.6 billion hours. Even going by the IRS’s low estimate of 6.1 billion hours, that’s the equivalent of 2.9 million full time equivalents!
Another Taxpayer Suggestion:
“…After taxing the middle class and wealth disparity higher than it’s ever been since 1929, rethinking the paperwork seems like remodeling a burning house…Stop allowing large companies, such as the banks that we ourselves rescued, to operate under offshore shell companies, thus avoiding taxes…I don’t care if you make it easier. Make it equitable…"