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January 21, 2009

Editor's Note
Isn't it reassuring to know that the new Secretary of Treasury, pending approval from the Senate Finance Committee, is someone who a) doesn't understand enough about how the tax system works to know that when he signs a document indicating he is responsible for paying his own taxes, that means he's responsible for paying his own taxes, or b) is the type of person who is willing to risk cheating on his taxes in hopes of not getting caught?

While there is not a direct connection between the actions of the Treasury Secretary or the members of the Senate Finance Committee and the actions of the average taxpayer, doesn't it seem likely that this appointment, or even the serious consideration of this appointment, could usher in a new era of IRS audit complacency? Of course I jest. The only message I see coming from this is that those who make the laws and those who enforce the laws are not those who need to be held accountable to their own standards. And what kind of message is that?

Best regards,
Gail Perry, CPA
Managing Editor
editor@accountingweb.com



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