The yearly ritual of submitting tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may not be something most of us look forward to doing, but do we really want the federal government to do it for us?
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has proposed legislation that would require the IRS to offer you the convenience of doing your taxes for you. The actual billwould require the IRS to create programs that help taxpayers process and file their federal taxes for free. Sen. Warren says taxpayers spend, on average, 13 hours and about $200 for tax preparation services to file their tax returns. Of course, this is unnecessary (if not misleading), as there are plenty of free services available to most Americans.
Having the IRS take over the process of filing our tax returns is not an idea that will make America great again. Our tax system is based on the concept of voluntary compliance, and hollowing this out by replacing it with a government-run tax preparation system moves the IRS from a tax administration, collection, and enforcement agency on to giving “advice” to the people it’s taking money from -- a clear conflict of interest.
How long before such "advice" becomes mandatory?
Can American taxpayers trust the same government agency that wants as much of their money as possible to also decide which benefits and deductions they will receive? Even if such a system were convenient and free, would we really want it?
Phony woman,phony Indian, but, very real Communist. "Blank" her, and the horse she rode in on.
I would let my favorite govt agency fill out my taxes only if "fauxahontas running mouth" does the same and publishes all her income tax returns. What are the chances of "do as I say, not as I do" warren doing that. It is well below nil.
She's way behind the times; IRS will do it for you, anyway, if you delay too long, or if you ask them to - -which would be a mistake IMHO!
" Should consumers trust the same IRS, that discriminated against some political groups because of the views they espoused, to also be fair and judicious in the handling of their personal financial information?
Consumers also expect quality help and customer service from the provider of their electronic tax filing products and services. Good luck getting that from the IRS.
The same federal government that will appear to be “helping” you by doing your tax returns for you is the same federal government that will soon take over the process entirely doing your taxes in a way that benefits the government. When it's too late, you will realize this is help from the government you will regret accepting. The “free” government tax processing service will lack the convenience, security, features, and accuracy you've come to enjoy from the private services currently available.
Congress should reject the Warren bill, co-sponsored by Bernie Sander (D-VT) and six other Democratic senators, because there are better alternatives currently available. Market-based solutions are always better than giving the government even more power and competing with private tax software and service providers that help Americans file their taxes easily, securely, and without violating a conflict of interest. Private tax return services are vital parts of the marketplace and they have been innovators as opposed to the stale federal bureaucracy that will be motivated to collect more in taxes, not protect the taxpayers from being over taxed."
It would be great if We The People would get the same treatment from the IRS as the IRS gives to members of congress.
The push should be to get rid of the IRS and the 16th amendment.
I wouldn't trust the government to do absolutely anything beneficial to me. Particularly the IRS. Why is this woman in government?? Can't we do better than this moron????
IRS should be a wing at the hospital. It's just an abbreviation for the Internal Rectal Surgery department.
They need to go away....