Reevaluating the Creepiness Factor of the IRS
With each passing “tax season” the IRS (rather the national government as a whole) has at least 2.3-trillion (i.e., $2,300,000,000,000.) reasons to wage its blighted incongruity against the will of its American populace—that which is the individual income tax scheme, and this from a federal agency that supposedly exists to provide dutiful, honorable service unto the public.
The postmodern argument, holding that the unceasing tyranny of the IRS’ operations or its tactics is but a necessary evil, so to ensure the maintenance of our “civilized” society, is ignorantly misconceived (largely by those either kept misinformed of the underlying facts and history or that possess an inclination for self-preservation over altruism); being that the national government possesses a myriad of other sources within indirect taxation (e.g., duties, excises, etc.) for which to generate ample streams of revenue, including income taxation upon business and professional activities—for the mechanics involved in taxing such entities is upon actual ‘gains’ or ‘profits’, while never taxing the source-capital itself, which is not whatsoever the case for most individuals under what has become arrogantly ill-contrived by a misguided (and progressivist lead) status quo as a pay-your-fair-tax upon wages and the so-call “social justice” programs.
While presently, many economists concur that the national government could reasonably function on between $400-600 billion per annum, it instead opts to continue sacking the posterity of America with burdening sums of national debt—with interest left to unyieldingly accrue—that is impossible to ever repay; the short-term national debt alone has surpassed $17-trillion for 2013, while increasing exponentially with each literal second (i.e., it was less than $6-trillion in 2000, having surpassed $1-trillion in 1982; regardless, at this rate simple averaging depicts a very harsh outcome in the near future).
For the average American, they become rushed into a state of absolute fear and desperation upon receiving an IRS notice, that is, that unkindly lacks a refund check with their name printed upon it. Is such a reaction not indicative that a mere administrative agency has far surpassed its consigned duties through decade after decade of ‘mission creep’, heedlessly falling into the realm of being served by the public, rather than serving the public?
Recalling that in the early nineties the IRS had (once again) become so absolutely out of control in its abusive harassment towards individuals and small businesses that Congress had, after holding hearings on the matter, crafted into public law the newest in a line of such revisions, the ‘Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998’ (“Taxpayer Bill of Rights III”—TBOR III; prior additions include both the ‘Office of the Taxpayer Advocate’ within TBOR II of 1996 and ‘Office of the Taxpayer Ombudsman’ within TBOR I of 1979).
Certainly, it would seem that the IRS has since come around full-circle. Perhaps, it is time to begin engaging in such hearings again; however, this time correctly placing unambiguous statutory constrictions both upon the largely ambiguous administration and enforcement authorities of the IRS in all instances involving individuals, independent contractors/self-employed, small-businesses, and the like.
In closing, it is worthwhile to momentarily ponder the ominous context of the IRS’ closing bullet-point within its own Mission Statement, which is very telling in itself as to the backhanded nature and point-of-view of the many thousands that are under the employ of the IRS:
“The IRS role is to help the large majority of compliant taxpayers with the tax law, while ensuring that the minority who are unwilling to comply pay their fair share.”
In other words, should one begin questioning or invalidating any aspect of the IRS (e.g., its actions, duties, functions, operations, processes, etc.), then as per its mission statement, the IRS shall no longer consider them as a (complaint) taxpayer, but rather as a (unwilling) non-complaint, and will thereafter no longer afford aid or help to such persons. Ergo, the IRS considers a “taxpayer” as only an individual that unquestionably complies with their demands as represented by what they, the IRS, asserts to be the tax law.
Thusly, it would be apropos to deduce that the “creepiness factor” of the IRS has in fact come to peak fairly high since its inception as the Office of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue back in 1862.