3:00 PM EDT, May 22, 2013
After listening to the news reports for the past week, I think I must be the only person in America who thinks that the IRS is supposed to look for people and groups who might try to evade taxes ("Taxing the tea party," May 13).
I am an honest person (as are most Americans), and I file my taxes honestly. But even honest people admit that the fear of getting caught is also a strong motivator. Secondly, I think most people know that those who evade taxes are short-changing the rest of us because the government will have less money to give us the services we want and may end up raising taxes.
But whether law enforcement officials should target individuals or groups is another matter.
I recall when the TSA was frisking disabled senior citizens and preschoolers at airports. There was an uproar. "Obviously, those people aren't terrorists! Those TSA idiots should be targeting young adults!"
The present controversy resulted when IRS agents gave special scrutiny to some political groups who were trying to avoid taxes. Note that the IRS did not arrest anyone, did not confiscate property, did not even issue automatic denials. They just read their applications more carefully, which they can legally do with any application.
So, why did they target these conservative groups? Why did they target the Taxed Enough Already (tea party) groups? Why did they target people who have publicly announced that they want to pay fewer taxes? Is it because The IRS agents are liberals who hate freedom? I think not.
Of course, politicians are trying to outdo themselves blasting the IRS (it's a sure crowd-pleaser and a great substitute for actual work). But I have to ask: Are they really saying the IRS should not check tax returns?
Al DeGennaro, Hanover, Pa.
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