Rumsfeld Writes to IRS Seeking Simplified Tax Code

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 08:52 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday, saying he has "no idea" whether his tax return is "accurate."

In the letter that he shared on Twitter, Rumsfeld also said that he sends the same warning every year to the IRS in Washington, according to the Daily Mail.

Rumsfeld, 81, who oversaw the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, also revealed in the missive that he doesn’t know whether his tax returns for previous years for him and his wife are correct.

"I have sent in our federal income tax and our gift tax returns for 2013," his letter to the IRS in Washington said. "As in prior years, it is important for you to know that I have absolutely no idea whether our tax returns and our tax payments are accurate.

"I say that despite the fact that I am a college graduate, and I try hard to make sure our tax returns are accurate."



Rumsfeld, once notorious for his cranky and blunt interviews, then launched into a tirade about the 73,000 pages of regulations contained in the "complicated" code.

"The tax code is so complex, and the forms are so complicated, that I know I cannot have any confidence that I know what is being requested, and therefore I cannot and do not know, as I suspect a great many Americans cannot know, whether or not their tax returns are accurate," he wrote.

Rumsfeld, who has been married to his wife, Joyce, for 59 years, also said that he hopes the government will make changes to simplify the code before he dies.

"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 has been in the news recently due to his interview in "The Unknown Known," director Errol Morris' documentary about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Morris told NPR that Rumsfeld was a difficult interview, and that he was surprised how little he learned about the wars during their conversation.

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