Collected Works of Gandhi Freely Available On-Line
Here’s some great news: the
Collected Works of Mahatma
Gandhi Online. 98 volumes of his writings, speeches, and interviews,
Gandhi was, among many other things of course, a strategist who as
commander-in-chief of the Indian independence movement accomplished some of
history’s most successful and organized tax resistance campaigns.
Gotta love bureaucracy. The Taxpayer
Advocacy Panel (which “listens to taxpayers, identifies taxpayers’ issues,
and makes suggestions for improving
service and customer satisfaction”) just released
latest report, containing dozens of recommendations. I only skimmed, but
for some reason recommendation #TAP A04-072 caught my eye:
Many taxpayers and even some experienced practitioners are confused by the
reference to the Earned Income Tax Credit in some documnts as “Earned Income
Tax Credit” (“EITC”) and the use in other
documents of the term “Earned Income Credit”
The Committee recommended that the
program work with other
organizations to agree upon and implement consistent use of either
“Earned Income Tax Credit” (“EITC”) or
“Earned Income Credit” (“EIC”).
Earned Income Tax Credit Director David R. Williams responded:
Director advised Committee that the recommendation was not politically
I laughed out loud.
Another tidbit gives tax resisters a quantitative peek at how much trouble
they cause the
they resist token amounts. This comes as part of TAP 04-037, a recommendation
computers be instructed not to bother to pursue balances smaller than $25
(currently the cut-off is $5):
A cost analysis of
Balance Due Notices showed the cost of a single notice ranges from $0.45 to
$4.79, depending on the type of notice and whether it is reviewed by the
notice Review function prior to issuance. Although the cost of administering
a tax module through a cycle of several notices is significantly higher.
Thanks again to The Freedom Outlaw for
plugging The Picket Line.