Even the IRS can make mistakes. Just look at the historical record. Sometimes the IRS confiscates property they really should not have confiscated. Sometimes the IRS deprives people of constitutional rights they really should not have deprived people of. Sometimes the IRS intimidates and terrifies people they really should not have intimidated and terrified. But hey, everybody’s human. Even out-of-control government agencies exempt from the constitutional constraints that are supposed to guide everybody else in government can make mistakes. So don’t blame the IRS for periodically trampling the rights of innocent taxpayers. That’s their job. And it’s easy to screw up when you don’t have to worry about being held accountable for your screw-ups. The IRS has finally gone too far, though.
Instructed by Congress to send tax rebates to some 112 million Americans, the agency decided it would be good to mail notices in advance of the checks, to explain that a check is on the way. Many have wondered why the explanation could not have been sent with the check. Yet, how else could the IRS have gratuitously spent millions of taxpayer dollars on an unnecessary mailing? But now it turns out that 523,000 of those unnecessary notices gave the wrong information, telling 523,000 taxpayers that they’ll get back more money than they actually will get. The check itself is accurate, but the announcement about the check is not. So now 523,000 corrections must be distributed. But don’t worry if you happen to be one of those misinformed people. The announcement about the announcement is in the mail.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.