'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
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Adding to the growing sense on Capitol Hill that tax reform is dead for now, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means committee said Tuesday that he is "not confident" that Congress will reshape the federal tax code this year.
Too intimidated to fill out your tax return without help? Join the club. At nearly 4 million words, the U.S. tax law is so thick and complicated that businesses and individuals spend more than 6 billion hours a year complying with filing requirements, according to a report Wednesday by an independent government watchdog.
The Internal Revenue Service can't keep up with surging tax cheating and isn't sufficiently collecting revenue or helping confused taxpayers because Congress isn't giving it enough money to do its job, a government watchdog said Wednesday.
First lady Michelle Obama is challenging assertions she's forcefully imposed her will on White House aides, saying she's tired of people portraying her as "some kind of angry black woman."
A government watchdog said Wednesday that the Internal Revenue Service is inflicting "torment" on struggling taxpayers in the midst of a slumping economy by increasing the number of liens the agency has filed against people who owe back taxes.
Agency ombudsman Nina E. Olson said this month in her annual report to Congress that the complex U.S. tax code poses a "significant, even unconscionable burden" on ordinary filers just to complete a 1040 form.
She urges lawmakers to overhaul the nation's tax laws, making them simpler, clearer and easier to comply with.