People forget that the IRS is a relatively new agency when considering the overall history of the United States. Personally, I'd rather pay higher taxes on consumer goods than have to fork over a huge chunk of my income. It is far worse if you are self-employed. Social Security made it slightly feasible as an agency... But as it stands, I'll be lucky to receive 70% of every dollar I put in.
For years, we have all been awed by the all powerful IRS who had virtually unlimited power. We feared them but we respected them, also. With all that has come to light regarding political profiling, targeting and extreme waste of taxpayer dollars to boot. They are now an agency who has no credibility but more power than ever. They should be disbanded and a whole new system put into place!
I don't think the IRS is the bogeyman the Crazy Right portrays it. I think the IRS isn't efficient enough to have an agenda. This bloated bureaucracy can't even answer the phones or get their website to work properly.. I can't see how they could mastermind a political tax jihad! We need common sense tax reform based on a flat tax, and eliminate these Bozos.
The IRS has become an enforcement agency and weapon of fear for progressive zealots. It's no secret that the halls of nearly every government bureaucracy are lined with offices of progressive operatives, all of whom play their small part in expanding government and the reach and force of its power.
Our entire tax system needs to be completely overhauled. Instead of having bloating bureaucracy and laws that you need a tax lawyer just to help you get through the basic paperwork, how about having a system where truly everyone pays their "fair share"? Look at FairTax system. Sweet, simple, to the point, and would generate far more revenue than the current system. The only losers here would be the IRS employees, but our country as a whole would be far better off.
I work hard for my money nome months it is hard to make ends meet. When I work a little extra and get more money to maybe make next month a little easier, more money gets taken out for taxes and so my hard work goes towards nothing. I understand we have roads and schools and police, etc to maintain but it is hard for me to worry about that when I might not be able to pay rent next month.
The Law: For federal income tax purposes, “gross income” means all income from whatever source derived and includes compensation for services. I.R.C. § 61. Any income, from whatever source, is presumed to be income under section 61, unless the taxpayer can establish that it is specifically exempted or excluded. I like how income, is presumed to be. The 16th Amendment, the income tax, has been the subject of many Supreme Court decisions. US Supreme Court decisions are binding and lower courts are not. Generating income is a commercial activity. The Supreme Court ruled exactly that in Eisner v. Macomber, 252 U.S. 189 (1920), where the Court stated the following: “The 16th Amendment must be construed in connection with the taxing clauses of the original Constitution and the effect attributed to them before the Amendment was adopted.”. The Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of federal law and the Constitution. Their rulings are intended to carry the force of law, and set binding precedents for inferior courts. On May 21, 1895, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a direct tax on personal income was unconstitutional as a result of the case of Pollock v. Farmers‘ Loan and Trust Company. The lawsuit had been precipitated by the 1894 Income Tax Act. The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision stated that a “direct tax” on the “income of real and of personal property” was “unconstitutional and void.” What does that say? The 16th Amendment must be construed in connection with the taxing clauses of the original Constitution and the effect attributed to them before the Amendment was adopted.”. That is binding case law! In Commissioner v. Glenshaw Glass Co., 348 U.S. 426 (1955), the Supreme Court laid out what has become the modern understanding of what constitutes 'gross income' to which the Sixteenth Amendment applies, declaring that income taxes could be levied on "accessions to wealth, clearly realized, and over which the taxpayers have complete dominion." Under this definition, any increase in wealth — whether through wages, benefits, bonuses, sale of stock or other property at a profit, bets won, lucky finds, awards of punitive damages in a lawsuit, qui tam actions — are all within the definition of income, unless the Congress makes a specific exemption, as it has for items such as life insurance proceeds received by reason of the death of the insured party, gifts, bequests, devises and inheritances, and certain scholarships. After the Brushaber and Stanton Supreme Court decisions were rendered, the Treasury Department issued its own decision, Treasury Decision 2313 (TD 2313). TD 2313 was issued to “collectors of internal revenue” and it stated that the Internal Revenue Form 1040 is to be used only by the fiduciary of a nonresident alien who has received interest from bonds and dividends on the stock of domestic (US) corporations on behalf of that nonresident alien. This Treasury Decision, which was based upon the Supreme Court decisions, confirms the foreign commerce nature of the income tax.
It is to corrupt there's no way to fix it.No matter which party you are the IRS is supposed to be non committal to either side. The IRS has shown they cannot do that. There for the IRS needs to be abolished in a fair tax needs to be put in place.
Look it up...They are illegal, corrupt and ruins lives. Research their history and find out just what they really do with tax payer dollars. Hint...Federal Reserve. They were created the same year the Federal Reserve was created.Also, research the 16th amendment ratification and the Victory Tax Act. Once you do some research about this agency then it will be clear to yo that the time has come for them to close their doors.
This agency was installed to subvert our constitutional freedoms and enslave people of all colors in this country. An evil government control system dreamed up by centralized power mongers that they themselves could not have imagined they expansive power of this hybrid IRS - Obamacare agency today. This agency must be abolished as a first step toward in the return to our Founding Fathers vision of country with free people and limited government. Just imagine the prosperity that would come to this country with the people, once again, in control of their own money, and with the ability to invest, purchase, and share where, what, and with whom they choose. God help us if we do not seize this historical moment to abolish the trade and tools of tyranny in this very un-American government that exists today.
The IRS has always been a boogeyman, to the point of being the name of a heel wrestler back in the glory days of the WWF. While it isn't the favorite organization of most, I've yet to hear an explanation from anybody wanting to get rid of it that makes sense. None will work in practice, most of them aren't even bulletproof in theory.
We have to have some type of checks and balances system. If there was not IRS than people would try and cheat the government all time. The IRS, even though thought of negatively, is important because a lot of people are afraid to cheat the government because of the wrath of them.
The IRS is not the big bad wolf. We cannot abolish the IRS, but we can make it more efficient! The tax code should be overhauled & simplified. Loopholes should be closed, but small businesses should receive some relief since they employ a majority of the workforce. A few bad apples does not mean the IRS as a whole is bad. This "scandal" needs to be thoroughly investigated before we turn this into a politicized event with Libertarians surrounding the IRS with pitchforks & torches. So, tale a deep breath & let's figure out how to streamline the tax code & make our IRS more efficient.
No, I don't believe that the IRS should be abolished. Taxes are a burden on every family in America, regardless of social class and status. This does not, however, mean that we should just solve that by abolishing the IRS. We need the IRS because we need to pay taxes in order to support the government's budget in spending money on programs which help us as a nation, like Medicare and Social Security.
I am not inherently opposed to the idea of an income tax, but I think that the rich should pay their fair share (i.e., not a vastly lower percentage of their total income than their employees) and the average taxpayer, as opposed to special interests and lobbyists, should have more say in what that tax money is actually used for. Right now we just put our money in a black hole and see little benefit, which makes it hard to support the idea of the IRS.