IRS controversies are nonevents

Regarding the IRS controversy about conferences, does anyone do math? (The numbers below are approximates, and I’ve rounded up.)

Let’s do that: $50 million in three years is about $17 million a year. The amount spent annually during those three years declined dramatically, but just ignore that for now.

There are more than 300 million citizens of the United States. So, each of us paid 16 cents a year in taxes in each of the last three years to support the IRS seminars. Did they party, too? Absolutely. That is part and parcel to any corporate gathering. But what can you buy for 16 cents these days? What’s a Big Gulp cost these days?

Look at it another way: The IRS spent approximately $200 per year per employee on conferences. Tax laws change every year. There is no better way to educate employees to the nuances of these changes other than verbally with visual aids. Hence, group education. It cost the IRS about $200 a year to do this via conferences. Talk about cheapskates!

Oh, on that other IRS issue? You know, tea party? Nonprofit organizations, under U.S. tax law, cannot be involved in or spend funds on political issues. Does anyone read anymore? Or do you just listen to cable “news”?

In fact, why does the Herald even publish such tripe?

Bob Winners

Pagosa Springs