In my long career I have experienced uncounted communications with the IRS in the corporate world, through the non-profits seeking to do good, and on personal tax matters. Now, it’s no secret that the IRS is populated with some of the dimmest and nastiest bulbs in the federal firmament who have no idea how the wealth is created that keeps the nation’s wheels turning, including those big wheels of the federal government they unwittingly serve (and these numbers are about to be increased by thousands more to enforce the diktats of Obamacare).
I suggest that, to help draw attention to the damage these bureaucrats cause to the body politic and the public weal, every communication with the IRS should end with a postscript that summarizes and draws attention to the gratuitous and punishing costs they impose on us and our economic enterprises. A suggested draft could be worded as follows –
‘P.S. The work to complete and transmit this reply has cost me/organization xx staff hours in deciphering your original request, researching information required for reply, consulting with tax professionals, filling the appropriate forms, and returning them to you. The direct dollar cost of just this one unproductive effort is approximately $xx, a sum which could have been used for more profitable purposes in furthering my/organization’s objectives, and securing the jobs this company provides.’