ABC News: Bullied by the IRS

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    Apr 14, 2011 12:54 AM GMT
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    Apr 14, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
    Wow, remind me to keep some savings in a LOCK BOX on top of my savings account. I hope the IRS admitted to being negligent and paid her back all the money they took PLUS additional money for psychological stress and her tax lawyers fees.
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    Apr 14, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    Wow...now I understand why so many people don't even bother filing.
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    Apr 14, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    What I think is particularly frightening is that even experts at tax don't come to the same conclusions of how much tax someone might owe (let alone crazy examples like this one where someone has actually paid the taxes that the IRS agrees is the correct amount).

    http://reason.com/blog/2011/04/13/let-he-who-is-without-error-co

    From 1998 when a scenario was presented to different tax professionals to determine tax liability:

    All 46 tested tax professionals got a different answer, and none got it right. The professional who directed the test admitted "that his computation is not the only possible correct answer" since the tax law is so murky. The tax computed by these professionals "ranged from $34,240 to $68,912." The closest answer still erred in the government's favor by $610


    That's 1998. Since then, the tax code has gotten considerably more complicated. As Reason.com points out - you easily end up breaking the law without even knowing you did and could end up in jail for it in the US!
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    Apr 14, 2011 9:35 PM GMT
    What an outrage. Not only should they giver her money back but they should give her some sort of compensation for all the trouble.
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    Apr 17, 2011 2:17 PM GMT
    If you're politically connected, you don't have such trivial problems:

    http://jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com/2011/04/eric-holder-tax-deadbeat.html

    Like Eric Holder and Al Sharpton.