70 Senators agreed with Joe Stack

The main issue Joe Stack seemed to have with IRS when he crashed his plane into their offices yesterday was the “Section 1706” provision which made it difficult for “information technology professionals” to work as independent contractors. NY Times’ David Cay Johnston reports that 70 U S Senators, including original sponsor Moynihan, had agreed it raised little or no revenue and should be repealed, but somehow it survived.  Johnston also says it originated as a favor to IBM.

Is it inevitable that anything like a tax on earned income must become so complex that it virtually can’t be fixed, even when “everybody” agrees how it should be done?

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