Lew Leone is the vice president and general manager of WNYW-FOX 5. He is taking to the airwaves with his thoughts on current affairs. It's called "Lew's View." The views expressed are not necessarily those of the station or its employees.
---In this commentary, Mr. Leone has a follow-up on the IRS and tax refund fraud:
In a recent editorial, I discussed how the IRS pays out billions of our money to criminals every year.
It seems like I really hit a nerve because the response I received from you was overwhelming.
I thought I would share some of the comments.
Jay O'Smythe writes: "I'm behind you 100% on the flat tax idea, Lew, but we both know in our hear of hearts its DOA. no way it will survive the assault by the lobbyists - especially the legal and accounting groups. I believe most Americans support a flat tax - especially the middle class, but until we can eliminate or reduce the big money tidal wave that constantly hits Congress, it has little chance of passing. Hey, let's try a 'twofer': Flat tax and implement strict campaign contribution limits! Keep up the fight, Lew; We're behind you."
Charles Fenning writes: "Instead of a flat tax, lets have a national sales tax as outlined in the fair tax books. The government says 47% of the people pay 100% of the tax. Why not have 100% of the people pay 100% of the tax. If it works in Florida for the state income tax. It's time we started doing something right."
I've event developed a few fans, like Jennifer Thompson, who says: "I jsut have to say you are a breath of fresh air to these robotic station reports. Keep it up!"
And finally, from Doris Dabish: "I think you for the fraud report - IRS tax refunds. Please keep hammering away for tax reform! Every Day! Thanks, Doris Dabish, NYC."
In reality, the tax doe and tax law is so complicated and so cumbersome and wastes so much money that the only way to fix it is to dramatically simplify the process. It seems that many of you agree. Sometimes the best ideas or solutions are the most simple.
To keep the outrage going, here are a few other facts about the tax fraud I told you about, which resulted in the IRS giving away $4 billion of our money.
Three were more than 1.1 million phony returns which were processed by the IRS in 2011. 5,500 were done by the same preparer, who received $27 million from the IRS. And along with the 646 returns to the same address in Lithuania, the IRS sent more than 700 checks to one address in Bulgaria.
I appreciate all of the feedback and promise more follow up on this problem. If we get enough people clamoring for tax reform, perhaps together we can spur some real action.
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