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IRS Commish Finds the Tax Code Complex, Doesn’t Do His Own Taxes

[caption id="attachment_23858" align="alignright" width="260" caption="Dude. Code is this thick."][/caption]Just because you’re in charge of the IRS doesn’t mean you know anything everything. Doug Shulman was on C-SPAN over the weekend (we’re sure you saw it) and admitted that he uses a tax preparer.

His rationale is, “Look, I’m a busy dude, I don’t have time to do my own taxes. Besides, have you seen the size of the tax code? It’s a flippin’ mind job.”

Or in his own words:

“I’ve used one for years. I find it convenient. I find the tax code complex so I use a preparer,” Shulman said.
Pressed on how he would make the tax code simpler, Shulman responded, “I don’t write the tax laws. Congress writes the tax laws so that’s a whole different discussion.”

Unapologetic as usual, Dougie. We’ll give him credit though – admitting that the tax code that you’re in charge of enforcing is too complex is admirable (although not a news flash).

Plus, he goes so far to say that he’s powerless to do anything about it. Now that’s transparent government!

IRS commissioner doesn’t file his own taxes [The Hill]

Just because you're in charge of the IRS doesn't mean you know anything everything. Doug Shulman was on C-SPAN over the weekend (we're sure you saw it) and admitted that he uses a tax preparer. His rationale is, "Look, I'm a busy dude, I don't have time to do my own taxes. Besides, have you seen the size of the tax code? It's a flippin' mind job." Or in his own words:

"I've used one for years. I find it convenient. I find the tax code complex so I use a preparer," Shulman said. Pressed on how he would make the tax code simpler, Shulman responded, "I don't write the tax laws. Congress writes the tax laws so that's a whole different discussion."

Unapologetic as usual, Dougie. We'll give him credit though – admitting that the tax code that you're in charge of enforcing is too complex is admirable (although not a news flash). Plus, he goes so far to say that he's powerless to do anything about it. Now that's transparent government!

IRS commissioner doesn't file his own taxes [The Hill]

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