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The Top 7 Reasons (and One Promising Way) to Abolish the IRS for Good

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Posted on January 30 2011 9:00 am
Diane Schrader, a former television news writer/producer, lives with her family in Los Angeles. She likes a nice cup of tea. Follow her on Twitter.

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Reason #7 to abolish the IRS – it has way, WAY too much power and is a threat to our liberty

The most important reason to abolish the IRS is that it is an agency with agents who have, for all intents and purposes, unlimited power – with no real accountability. Unlike in a court of law, you are not innocent until proven guilty. The agency wields tremendous power over individual citizens and businesses. Let’s face it – the IRS has a [VIOLENT IMAGERY ALERT] metaphorical gun to your head. If you don’t pay, they have the power to take virtually everything (including your freedom) away from you. What’s more, this power can be – and HAS been – abused for political reasons, as audits can be used to target political enemies.

And let’s talk about privacy. Why does anyone else have the right to know where you work, how much you make, and what you choose to do with your money? They do NOT. The FairTax, in abolishing the IRS, restores individual privacy rights. This is yet another reason the Left should get on board. After all, they’re big fans of privacy in the bedroom and in the abortion clinic; shouldn’t our wallets and our very livelihoods be subject to privacy as well?

And speaking of the bedroom – in eliminating the IRS, the FairTax also does away with the need to declare who you live with (marriage clarification).

So, all those political footballs can be retired. Congress can quit bickering over tax cuts, who deserves special treatment in the tax code, and whether the rich are paying their fair share. Those arguments are all off the table, meaning that government cannot use the tax code to penalize any one group or individual.

What’s more, abolishing the IRS restores to churches and nonprofit organizations the First Amendment rights they now hesitate to use, for fear of losing tax-exempt status.

(A quick aside about those churches and nonprofits: What would happen to charitable donations if tax incentives to make them disappeared? Nobody knows for sure, but if all Americans had more spendable income, there is some research to suggest the nonprofits would not unduly suffer. Another factor to consider is that said nonprofits would no longer incur the costs associated with filing tax returns and paying Social Security and Medicare payments for employees.)

The existence of the IRS is an assault on liberty. With the FairTax, the coercive, punitive power of the state is given a swift kick in the booty.

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