Several years ago I was involved in an IRS audit that I could just not understand as all my facts were in order. After months of working with the IRS followed by over $20,000 of legal expenses, I gave up and bit the bullet. The details are quite lengthy; however, I can better understand them in light of current IRS disclosures.
At that time I spent hours at the University of New Mexico Law Library, attended several meetings of radicals (packing heat) claiming our income tax was unconstitutional, etc. I came to the conclusion that the answer to the problem would be The FairTax, a consumer tax that eliminates the IRS as we know it as opposed to a Flat Tax that keeps the IRS as it is. The FairTax is more relevant today:
The IRS successfully shut down campaign operations for nearly 500 conservative organizations and countless individuals. This went on for over three years and two election cycles. Affected individuals are now telling congressional hearings what went on. The IRS continually harassed people by delaying requests for tax-exempt status and asking for inappropriate information. If they supplied it, the data was given to ProPublica, which used it to further intimidate voters. The IRS is rotten at the core and must be closed.
There is compelling evidence to shut down this beast. President Franklin Roosevelt’s son was quoted as saying, “My father may have been the originator of the concept of employing the IRS as a weapon of political retribution.”
Factbox reported that during the 1940s and 50s, “corruption and bribery became widespread at the IRS, resulting in hundreds of staffers being dismissed or indicted.” JFK used the IRS to audit and badger opponents. Nixon did the same. It doesn’t matter which party is in power, the IRS is a dangerous agency.
The Detroit News wrote, “The power to tax involves the power to destroy,” observed U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall. James Madison, in The Federalist No. 10, observed that, in the act of apportioning taxes “there is perhaps no legislative act in which greater opportunity and temptation are given to a predominant party, to trample on the rules of justice.”
Americans fear the IRS, and it is now in charge of our health care. Any income tax requires a ruthless, unrelenting force to collect revenue. That’s why we need a consumption tax instead. Congress created the IRS monster and it has the power to pass the FairTax and put an end to the collection of sensitive personal information. The FairTax will end a century of abuses by this agency.