Letter to Representatives: End the IRS
June 10, 2013
Feel free to use or modify this in writing to your own representatives. (Find your congressman and senators and their online contact forms.) It’s not futile; one senator, Ted Cruz, is already on board.
“I think we ought to abolish the IRS and instead move to a simple flat tax where the average American can fill out taxes on [a] postcard,” he explained . . . . “Put down how much you earn, put down a deduction for charitable contributions, home mortgage and how much you owe. It ought to be a simple one-page postcard, and take the agents, the bureaucracy out of Washington and limit the power of government.”
Dear [Congressman or Senator ],
It’s time to end the IRS and replace the tax code with a simple flat income tax or flat sales tax.
I understand that congressional investigations into the IRS abuses are ongoing, and no doubt we don’t have all the facts about who knew what when or how high up the orders came from. I’m sure it’s important to continue pursuing that and hold individuals accountable for their actions.
But for the IRS itself, we already know all we need to know. We know that it has too much power arbitrarily to make ordinary law-abiding Americans’ lives miserable. Even if we fire the employees responsible—even if we elect a new president—the power will remain, just waiting to be abused again. This administration is not the first, and it won’t be the last. Power corrupts. So the fundamental issue isn’t the particular people in charge; it’s that we’ve given the agency such power in the first place.
I’m writing to ask you, as my representative, to do everything you can to abolish the IRS. The current tax code is insanely complicated, so complicated that even IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman said in 2010 that he doesn’t file his own taxes. If he can’t figure it all out, how are the rest of us supposed to manage? What about those who are too poor to hire a professional tax specialist?
The whole current tax code should be replaced with a simple flat income tax or flat sales tax. It’s the only fair solution. The entire IRS should be abolished, all employees laid off, and the buildings sold off. If we need to have a dedicated agency to collect taxes, it should be created from scratch, with radically less power—no more guilty-until-proven-innocent open-ended audit authority, no more harassment, no more intimidation. The tax-collecting bodies in other Western nations are not feared and dreaded by their people; ours shouldn’t be, either.