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Num­ber of pages in the Con­gres­sional Clear­ing House Stan­dard Fed­eral Tax Re­porter longer than the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion. It is four times longer and more com­pli­cated than it was in 1970. This ben­e­fits no one but the tax ac­coun­tants, lawyers and lob­by­ists who feed off the com­plex­ity of the tax code.

The tax code should be eas­ily un­der­stand­able to tax­pay­ers. It is not. It reads as if it were writ­ten in Greek and in legalese that only a tax lawyer could un­der­stand. If Mr. Trump wants to drain the swamp, the clean-up must start with the tax code.

Is there any agency in Amer­ica scarier or more abu­sive than the IRS? The govern­ment can gar­nish your wages and take money from your bank ac­count with­out due process of law. It can in­vade your home or of­fice.

We saw un­der President Barack Obama how the IRS en­gages in politi­cal witch hunts against con­ser­va­tive ac­tivists and or­ga­ni­za­tions it

The tax code is crammed with tax write-offs that over­whelm­ingly ben­e­fit the su­per rich. Only one of three Amer­i­cans even take ad­van­tage of th­ese spe­cial in­ter­est tax pro­vi­sions by item­iz­ing their de­duc­tions and un­der the Trump plan (which dou­bles the stan­dard de­duc­tion) that will fall to closer to less than one in 10 tax fil­ers. But 99 per­cent of mil­lion­aires feast on de­duc­tions and loop­holes.

Why can’t we shut down this rigged sys­tem? Be­cause of the po­lit­i­cally-con­nected and the K Street lob­bies and lawyers who spend mil­lions of dol­lars to keep their tax shel­ters in place.

By the way, Ge­orge Soros just stashed $18 bil­lion into the big­gest tax shel­ter in Amer­i­can his­tory. This is money that will never be taxed. Typ­i­cal lib­eral: he wants ev­ery­one to pay more taxes — ex­cept him­self.

4) The IRS is Amer­ica’s KGB

Stephen Moore is a se­nior fel­low at The Her­itage Foun­da­tion and an eco­nomic ad­viser with Free­dom Works. This piece is a brief sum­mary of a re­port avail­able at Free­

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