IRS Can't Even Get Tax Law Right

posted Sep 03, 2003

Follow-up to my ignorance should be a defense claim: The IRS can't even get tax law right!

IRS employees at tax help centers gave correct answers to just 57 percent of tax law questions asked by Treasury Department investigators posing as taxpayers....

The IRS disputed the calculations, but agreed the agency needed to improve its record. Henry O. Lamar, commissioner for the division overseeing individual tax returns, said the accuracy rate is closer to 67 percent when the results are recalculated to exclude instances when taxpayers were referred to other publications or could not get any help.

"We recognize that an accuracy rate of 67 percent for tax law service is inadequate," he said.

What is a Mere Mortal supposed to do?


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