Letters to the Editor

IRS isn't answerable for tax law

Reading about the plane that flew into an office building in Austin, Texas, I feel compelled to reply. Now, I am supposing that the pilot of that plane had the IRS in mind when he flew into that building, and like so many others, held a grudge against the IRS.

As a retiree of the Internal Revenue Service, I will tell you that there are so many misconceptions about the function of the IRS. Our sole function is to collect tax revenues for the U.S. government. The IRS does not write tax laws. The U.S. Congress does. We had large manuals that we referred to regarding tax laws, and Congress was constantly making changes. We would have sit-down sessions and go through our manuals to make these changes. These would occur on a weekly basis.

If you want to place blame for your high taxes and what you perceive to be unfair tax laws, visit with your congressman and U.S. senator. Talk to them, gain some information. They are the guys who are responsible.

What I will tell you about the IRS is that they know more about us than we know. Be honest in reporting your income and pay your taxes on time. I always refer to the IRS as a sleeping giant. You don't want it to wake up. If you don't play it straight, it will rear its ugly head.

Then, you're in for a long ride.

The writer lives in Pawleys Island.

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