On the one hand, we’ve got trillion-dollar federal deficits and no sign of any austerity measure on the congressional horizon. On the other hand, we’ve got dark-suited IRS agents bullying small businessmen for allegedly being four cents behind in taxes.
The letter that the two IRS suits hand-delivered to the owner of Harv’s Metro Car Wash in Sacramento claims that with penalties piling up since 2006, Aaron Zeff now owes over $200. Zeff reports that the agents “were deadly serious, very aggressive, very condescending.”
The incident is bad press for the Internal Revenue Service. But maybe the taxmen relish this kind of bad press once in a while. After all, they need the rest of us to worry what might happen to us if we step out of line even four cents worth, even if it’s only in the fevered imagination of some bored IRS accountant.
Was the hounding of Mr. Zeff a deliberate plan or just zealous overreaching by a couple of goons who forgot to read the manual on being nice to taxpayers? Who knows. Either way, though, do we want the IRS in charge of slapping us with a big tax penalty if we don’t sign up for a government-approved health plan? After all, that’s a big part of the so-called health care “reform” that Congress is in process of imposing on us.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.