I still feel the need to preface every blog post with the reminder that these blog topic headings are myths, unless I indicate otherwise. It is certainly a myth that our tax systems are fair.
Here’s another look at relative audit rates. The wealthy have enjoyed the greatest decline in audit rates. And this is primarily due to the reduced IRS funding for which they have lobbied.
So if you don’t have an enrolled agent to do your taxes nor a tax law firm to fight IRS in tax court, you are an easier target. Complex returns are more expensive to audit, especially if they end up in tax court.
We should welcome the Biden administration’s increased IRS funding targeting those who owe more than $250,000 in taxes.
But why should we even care? Well, a social and economic system based on merit and equity is simply a happier way to live and such a society is more likely to survive more than a couple hundred years. Our ancestors came over here to escape religious persecution, and, a society in which the accumulation of unmerited wealth, usually by inheritance.
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