kywomanjt... sad to read that you worked for the IRS.. not to sure what you did.
Your statement "If you have $2 of taxable income, you have to pay $1 in federal taxes." is so false it is ... Sounds more like you are receiving Social Security (due to your early retirement) and found out that if you work above a certain dollar amount.. you have to pay back $1 for every $2 earned over $13,560 in 2008 to Social Security !!
I have a much better idea than the Flat Tax... How about taxing Social Security !!
Once the receipient receives all the money that was paid into the system plus a % interest based on their cumulative contributions by quarter......
Let`s see after 4-5 years of receiving Social Security... than all that money.. which everyone
else is putting into the system.. and you are taking out of the system... gets taxed !!
CORRECTION: A single person who has wages of $25,000 for 2008 has an `ordinary tax` of $1,605 which works out to 8.04% ..
No one.. neither the poor nor the rich.. is allowed or does the following.. unless they are unscrupulus.. because it is illegal !! and the rich are not that stupied !!
" The poor can`t deduct their gas expenses driving back and forth to work or their car
insurance, they can`t deduct a clothing allowance for clothes they need to wear to work
when employer dictates "business like attire", or their work shoes, or their vehicle to get
them to work, or their lunch money. But, by golly, the wealthy sure does this. They call
them "business expenses", so why can`t the low income people be allowed to claim "just
trying to survive" expenses."
As to attrition within the IRS.. technology reduces the amount of manpower needed for certain jobs... that has been going on for over 25 years across the board in all large businesses.
SIDE NOTE: the IRS is looking to hire at least 600 people just to do audits to close that $290 billion dollar tax gap...
By the way... our greatest problem remains... mismanagement !!
Patricia Masters, EA
EA = Enrolled Agent = only tax professionals who receive their license to represent taxpayers (you) before the IRS from the U.S. Treasury.