Rumsfeld's IRS Letter Takes Tax Agency to Task Over Complicated Returns

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Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 05:11 PM

By Jonna Lorenz

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Donald Rumsfeld told the IRS in a letter on Tax Day that he has no idea whether his tax returns and payments are accurate because the tax code and forms are way too complicated for even the former Secretary of Defense to decode.

“The tax code is so complex and the forms are so complicated, that I know that I cannot have any confidence that I know what is being requested and therefore I cannot and do not know, and I suspect a great many American cannot know, whether or not their tax returns are accurate,” Rumsfeld wrote in the letter, which he posted on Twitter and Facebook.

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Rumsfeld called his uncertainty “a sad commentary on governance in our nation’s capital.”

“I do hope that at some point in my lifetime, and I am now in my 80s, so there are not many years left, the U.S. government will simplify the U.S. tax code so that those citizens who sincerely want to pay what they should, are able to do it right, and know that they have done it right,” Rumsfeld continued.

Rumsfeld, 81, has been sending similar letters to the IRS for at least two decades, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Rumsfeld is the subject of a documentary called “The Unknown Known” by Errol Morris, which takes its name from Rumsfeld’s famous aphorism about what is known and what is not known.

Twitter users reacted to the letter.









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