Taxes have been a sore subject for Americans everywhere over the course of our history, with our country only existing in the capacity that it does thanks to our shared hatred of the abhorrent practice.
Taxation is theft, plain and simple, and there is no shortage of powerful opinions on the subject to go around.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) April 17, 2018
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) April 17, 2018
If you don't pay your taxes, armed men will go to your house to kidnap you and lock you in a cage. Taxation is theft. #TaxDay
— Makada 🇺🇸 (@_Makada_) April 17, 2018
Of course, that last tweet could be considered just a bit dramatic, but it’s not technically incorrect either.
The team responsible for making sure that all of your hard earned money is accounted for, and that you pay your fair share back to the oft-incompetent government, is the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS isn’t all that popular, naturally, and there are no shortage of reasons why they should cease to exist. Some lawmakers have even attempted to abolish the entire system in favor of something called “The Fair Tax”.
The Fair Tax Act (H.R. 25) was introduced last month by Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA). It would abolish the IRS, mainly on the premise that the agency would no longer be needed after restructuring the nation’s tax system as described in the bill. It would eliminate the income tax and replace it with a national sales tax based on consumption rather than income.
The bill seems to have generally been unreported because it is introduced in each Congress by Woodall, becoming a tradition of sorts. I last wrote about it in 2015 when it was introduced in the last Congress. It has never advanced before and is unlikely to do so this time.
With today being Tax Day and all, and myself having already had my annual sit down with my less-than-average tax preparer, I can only pity those who attempted to file via the world wide web at the last minute, after the IRS’ online filing site crashed.
The IRS’s Direct Pay and e-file systems at least partly broke down on Tuesday, a major inconvenience for people who are trying to submit their taxes by the midnight deadline.
On Tuesday morning and early afternoon, those trying to access the Direct Pay page on the IRS’s website were greeted by a notice:
“Planned Outage: April 17, 2018 – December 31, 9999
“This service is unavailable from approximately 2:50 A.M. ET, on Tuesday April 17, 2018 until approximately 6:40 P.M. ET, on Thursday September 22, 2016, due to planned maintenance. Please come back after that time, or you can visit Make a Payment for alternative payment methods.
“We apologize for any inconvenience. Note that your tax payment is due although IRS Direct Pay may not be available.”
The IRS later updated the notice:
“This service is temporarily unavailable. We are working to resolve the issue. Please come back later and try again, or you can visit the Make a Payment page for alternative payment methods. We apologize for any inconvenience.
“Note that your tax payment is due although IRS Direct Pay may not be available.”
Unbelievable. On Tax Day, the government agency in charges of processing taxes was unable to keep their web site running.
Please tell me why these people should be in charge of healthcare, education, and whether or not sick Americans can smoke a plant to feel better.