I'm in complete agreement with "RG", from Buena Vista, VA.The tax code has become so convoluted, arcane and monstrously overgrown that
even (or, perhaps especially) asking the IRS for help is usually an exercise in
futility (since they are often as clueless as everyone else about tax code
details) and almost always a very time-consuming, arduous process.Like any other unwanted tangle of weeds, the IRS and the tax code it has the
pitiable responsibility to oversee, is in desperate need of some drastic
pruning. And, like so many other products of an inefficient, ineffective,
wasteful/corrupt Federal government, doing it depends completely on the resolve
and judgement of the voters who, ultimately, bear responsibility for
government.We've got what we voted for, whether we like it now
or not. To get what we need will take better candidates AND better voting.
The fact that taxes are so complex as to require a professional to figure them
out, means that they are way too complicated. I have nothing personal against
tax preparers, but I'd like to see the day when we hardly need any of them,
because we will have a much, much simpler tax code.