Tax Day Tea Party Syndrome: Guest Column by Tax Mama Eva Rosenberg. Tax Mama declares, “Americans are revolting. And I’m proud of it.” Rights Radio endorses Eva Rosenberg’s point of view. Let the party begin.
Americans spend over 28% of their year just working to pay a variety of taxes. (Tax Freedom Day was April 13th in 2009.) The Internal Revenue Code in 2005 stood at 7 million words in 736 code sections, up from 718,000 words in 103 code sections in 1955.
Tax Day Tea Party Syndrome
By Eva Rosenberg, EA
Your TaxMama® www.TaxQuips.com
As I understand from my old civics classes, the original Boston Tea Party took place essentially due to two issues:
1. Taxation without representation
2. Taxes assessed upon taxes
Oh, there’s more to it than that. And part of it had to do with making it clear to King George that American colonists would not permit him to impose taxes that they’ve already rejected. http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/teaparty.htm
So what’s bugging us today?
You’ve got to be kidding!
Well, first of all, Americans spend over 28% of their year just working to pay a variety of taxes. (Tax Freedom Day was April 13th in 2009.)
Next, the proliferation of tax laws has gotten out of control. Nina E. Olson, IRS’s Taxpayers Advocate quantified the current complexity of our Internal Revenue Code in a Wall Street Journal article last week calling for a simpler tax system. She spells out that “Since the beginning of 2001, there have been more than 3,250 changes to the tax code — an average of more than one a day — including more than 500 changes last year alone.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123933106888707793.html
According to the TaxFoundation.org, The Internal Revenue Code in 2005 stood at 7 million words in 736 code sections, up from 718,000 words in 103 code sections in 1955. By contrast, the King James Bible has 788,280 words in 66 books, the Harry Potter series has just over 1 million words in 7 books, and the English translation of War and Peace has Political Rights, Taxpayer Rights