If you think the federal tax code and the IRS are out of control, you’re right!

By Kevin “Coach” Collins

It’s tax time again and once again we will be forced to knuckle under to our government’s demands. If you suspect there is plenty wrong with the current system, here are some facts to support your suspicions.  

The U.S. tax code is now 3.8 million words long.  All of Shakespeare’s works are 900,000 words long.

According to the National Taxpayers Union, U.S. taxpayers spend more than 7.6 billion hours complying with federal tax requirements.  In 19 37 two pages of instructions came with a Form 1040; today 189 pages are necessary.

There have been 4428 changes to the tax code in just the past 10 years.

The IRS currently offers 1999 different publications.

 Fifteen years ago as a test 46 professional tax preparers completed a hypothetical tax return.  All 46 of them came up with a different result. Do you think the same test tried today would be any different?

The Tax Foundation says the average American has to work until April 17 to pay all federal, state, and local taxes.  January 22 was Tax Freedom Day in 1900.

 America is the only country that taxes citizens on what they earn in foreign countries.

Eighty Six percent of IRS revenue comes from just 20% of Americans.

 Total confiscation of the money earned by all those making $250,000 or more would provide just 38% of the federal budget once.

America’s 35% corporate tax rate is the highest in the world.  

Because of this high tax rate so many corporations have moved overseas that one 26,000 person town in Switzerland is the home of 30,000 corporations.  

In 1950 when corporate tax rates were low they amounted to 30% of IRS receipts. Today that number has fallen to just 7% as the corporate exodus continues.  

Although not a cent went to the IRS, Exxon-Mobil paid $15 billion in taxes in 2009.

The International Monetary Fund estimates Americans are storing 18 TRILLION DOLLARS overseas to keep them from the government’s clutches. 

Paying the IRS is so stressful on average Americans that each year the number of auto wrecks climbs around April 15th.

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3 thoughts on “If you think the federal tax code and the IRS are out of control, you’re right!”

  1. Coach, also consider the following about Congress's limited power to lay taxes. More specifically, not only did the Founding States make the Constitution in part to divide federal and state government powers, evidenced by Section 8 of Article I, Article V and the 10th Amendment, but consider this. Justice John Marshall had taken the idea of divided powers a step further by clarifying that Congress is prohibited from laying taxes in the name of state power issues, taxes which Congress cannot justify under Section 8.

    "Congress is not empowered to tax for those purposes which are within the exclusive province of the States." –Justice John Marshall, Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824. http://supreme.justia.com/us/22/1/case.html

    So based on Justice Marshall's precedent, let's make a rough estimate as to how much it should cost taxpayer annually to enable Congress to perform its Section 8 duties. Given that the plurality of clauses in Section 8 are defense related, and given that the Department of Defense (DoD) budget for '11 was $600+ billion dollars, and given waste and fraud which are synonymous with the federal system, I will generously round the DoD's $600+ billion annual figure up to $1 trillion for a rough estimate as to how much Section 8 should be costing taxpayers per year.

    In other words, we shouldn't be hearing about multi-trillion annual federal budgets that the Progressive media, including Fox News, is reporting without bringing Congress’s Section 8-limited powers into public policy discussions.

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