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Urge Congress to reject bill that would let the IRS do your taxes for you!

Don't trust the IRS!

Would you let the IRS automatically file your taxes on your behalf? That could be exactly what happens if the “Tax Filing Simplification Act” is ever enacted into law. Introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, this bill would direct our friends at the Internal Revenue Service to fill out your tax returns with information the IRS collects from your employer and your bank. All you have to do is sign on the dotted line — and pay the amount the IRS has so generously pre-determined for you.

Sound too good to be true? It is. Who in their right mind would trust the IRS to prepare their taxes? As the IRS states on its own website, it is “the nation’s tax collection agency” as its primary function is to squeeze out as much revenue as possible to pay for our $3.7 trillion federal government.

Do you think for a minute that, as it determines your taxes, the IRS would do anything other than maximize your tax liability? If you received a prefilled tax return from the IRS, would you treat it as a request or a demand for payment?

In 2012, the IRS’s accuracy rate for tax law questions at taxpayer assistance centers was only 85 percent according to the Government Accountability Office. Here, Warren is asking you to trust an agency that answers tax law questions wrong 15 percent of the time to properly do your taxes for you.

Remember: the IRS has police powers of audit, investigation, litigation, and financial and criminal sanctions. And we find ourselves in an era of a highly politicized IRS. It’s only been four years since the IRS targeting scandal when the agency’s Exempt Organizations unit, led by Lois Lerner, singled out conservative groups for political harassment. Just imagine what your tax return would look like if you found yourself on someone’s bad side at “the Service.”

And you’d be on the hook for any errors made on your return — even those due to goofs by the IRS.

Voluntarily surrendering your authority to the IRS for calculating your tax bill is a little like handing your debit card to a mugger and asking for a receipt so you can see the damage. 


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Dear U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative and the President:

We do not trust the IRS to automatically file taxes on our behalf, which is what will happen if the “Tax Filing Simplification Act” is ever enacted into law. Introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, this bill would direct the Internal Revenue Service to fill out tax returns with information the IRS collects from our employers and banks.

Who in their right mind would trust the IRS to prepare their taxes? As the IRS states on its own website, it is “the nation’s tax collection agency” as its primary function is to squeeze out as much revenue as possible to pay for our $3.7 trillion federal government.

Do you think for a minute that, as it determines your taxes, the IRS would do anything other than maximize our tax liability? If we receive a prefilled tax return from the IRS, it would be impossible not to treat it as a demand for payment.

In 2012, the IRS’s accuracy rate for tax law questions at taxpayer assistance centers was only 85 percent according to the Government Accountability Office. Here, Warren is asking us to trust an agency that answers tax law questions wrong 15 percent of the time to properly do our taxes on our behalf.

The IRS has police powers of audit, investigation, litigation, and financial and criminal sanctions. And we find ourselves in an era of a highly politicized IRS. It’s only been four years since the IRS targeting scandal when the agency’s Exempt Organizations unit, led by Lois Lerner, singled out conservative groups for political harassment.

Voluntarily surrendering authority to the IRS for calculating tax bills is a little like handing your debit card to a mugger and asking for a receipt so you can see the damage.

Sincerely, YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS

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Jun 27th at 10:01 pm
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Jun 12th, 2017
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