Skip to comments.Rumsfeld: 'I know I don't know' if my tax return was done accurately
Posted on 04/15/2014 5:09:17 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld filed his taxes on Tuesday with an added twist: a letter telling the IRS that he had no idea whether his return was, in fact, accurate.
Despite the fact that I am a college graduate and I try hard to make sure our tax returns are accurate...I know that I do not know whether or not my tax returns are accurate, which is a sad commentary on governance in our nation's capital," Rumsfeld's letter reads.
The letters phrasing appears to allude to Rumsfelds famous unknown unknowns statement in 2002, when he said, in reference to Iraqi weapons programs, that there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we dont know we dont know.
The letter was revealed via a tweet Rumsfeld sent out Tuesday afternoon with a picture of the letter.
That I & most Americans have no idea whether our taxes are accurate tells us something. My annual letter to the #IRS: pic.twitter.com/BFh0AXTvAk Donald Rumsfeld (@RumsfeldOffice) April 15, 2014
Rumsfeld's letter expresses hope that the U.S. will reform its tax code to be simpler at some point in my lifetime, and I am now in my 80s, so there are not many years left.
Tax reform has been a major issue in recent years on Capitol Hill, with several representatives and interest groups pushing for the tax code to be simplified with lower rates but fewer deductions.
I love Rumsfeld. He is a good American.
I blame congress as much as the cronies in the IRS. Our representatives need to man up and take back control.
FDR wrote a similar letter back in the day.
I sure hope Rummy isn’t going to be targeted for an audit now after sending in that letter.
Rumsfeld blew their minds with his “unknown unknowns” comment back in the day.
He shouldn’t worry. The IRS would have to read it to find out what’s in it. These days, most government employees don’t bother to read anything anyway. Especially those commie jugheads up on Capitol Hill.
The next Republican platform should include a statement pledging a net reduction in the size of the federal register and tax codes respectively.
The IRS does not know either.
If you call the IRS help line, you often get different answers to the same question.
If you talk to an IRS agent, they often give different answers.
As long as Rummy isn’t attending any TEA Party rallies, he should be safe ;)
Don’t worry Donald, the IRS will be delighted to point out the error of your ways.
I’m an MBA but I pay a guy to do my taxes. Its because I’m an MBA that I pay a guy. I trust him which is the only reason I think they’re done right.
I'm happy to pay to avoid the aggravation and for plausible deniability since I'm convinced it's impossible to not violate some rule or other.
Unfortunately there is no plausible deniability when it comes to your tax returns. Once you sign it, you own it, even if you didn’t prepare it and didn’t read it.
I don’t even do the 1040EZ for my kids. It’s like volunteering for aggravation.
Of course you’re right; it’s a psych game I play to retain what little’s left of my sanity.
There IS a common sense, liberty based fix for the despotic tax system under which we stupidly suffer.
It’s described in the 4 1/2 minute video at the link.
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If you DO NOT, gently clank your chains. (Not too loud or massa might notice and become angry.)
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