Donald Rumsfeld Sends Annual Letter to the IRS… and it’s Awesome!

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The former two-time Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, thinks the American Tax Code is way too complex, and he’s not afraid to tell the IRS about it.

Every year (seriously, Google it, he’s been doing this for years), Rumsfeld sends the IRS a letter along with his taxes, to complain about the complexity of it all. More than anything, Rumsfeld explains, he just doesn’t have any confidence that he’s completed his taxes properly or that he’s abiding by the law. Even worse, Rusmfeld says he is willing and able to pay his fair share… but he’s just not sure that it’s actually happening.

The problem, as Rumsfeld sees it, is that the tax code is simply too complex for the average person to understand. In fact, he seems fairly sure that even the most intelligent of Americans likely have a difficult time knowing for sure that they’ve done everything just the way they should when it comes to “doing” their taxes.

Read on and enjoy the hilarious, but not so funny, letter from Secretary Rumsfeld.

Here are a few of his previous letters:

2016 –

2015 –

2014 – 🇺🇸

I am the supreme law of the United States. Originally comprising seven articles, I delineate the national frame of government. My first three articles entrench the doctrine of the separation of powers, whereby the federal government is divided into three branches: the legislative, consisting of the bicameral Congress; the executive, consisting of the President; and the judicial, consisting of the Supreme Court and other federal courts. Articles Four, Five and Six entrench concepts of federalism, describing the rights and responsibilities of state governments and of the states in relationship to the federal government. Article Seven establishes the procedure subsequently used by the thirteen States to ratify it. I am regarded as the oldest written and codified constitution in force of the world.

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