A “spoof” type bill was recently proposed called the “Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Resolution.” Because the IRS has recently experienced lost emails and has provided thin excuses, representative Steve Stockman proposed a bill in the House of Representatives that would allow taxpayers the benefit of the doubt when not being able to produce critical tax documentation as long as the taxpayer’s excuse falls into one of the following categories:
(1) The dog ate my tax receipts
(2) Convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction
(3) Traded documents for five terrorists
(4) Burned for warmth while lost in the Yukon
(5) Left on the table in Hillary’s Book Room
(6) Received water damage in the trunk of Ted Kennedy’s car
(7) Forgot in gun case sold to Mexican drug lords
(8) Forced to recycle by municipal Green Czar
(9) Was short on toilet paper while camping
(10) At this point, what difference does it make?
Although this bill was clearly meant to be tongue in cheek, many taxpayers before the IRS have simply lost documents or did not keep good records. When that happens, the IRS has been unforgiving. Now, the IRS finds itself in the same position in which many taxpayers have found themselves.
Although this is a “spoof” bill, what do you think?