It’s easy to make snide remarks about the number of Obama appointments, including our own governor, who have had to face up publicly to problems with their personal tax returns. In some cases, it’s possible the “mistakes” were intentional attempts to defraud the treasury of its just due. At the same time, it seem ludicrous for politicians to knowingly put themselves under the light of public scrutiny with knowledge of intentional sins.
A more likely culprit is the tax code itself—a complicated, convoluted set of rules, exceptions and forms that even tax professionals misinterpret on a regular basis. On this Tax Day, April 15, can we resolve to work for a kinder, gentler and simpler process so that the average American can understand and complete the ordeal with a semblance of confidence? —DR