Quoted from metallik:
The problem isn't so much the IRS, but instead the tax laws the IRS has to enforce. If y'all would vote for candidates who were smart and serious about tax reform, instead of turning every election into a referendum on guns, immigration and abortion, we might actually get reasonable, non-complicated tax law.
And some of the issue with tax law is lobbying in Washington by firms like Intuit and H&R Block to keep the tax law complicated.
"But the success of TurboTax rests on a shaky foundation, one that could collapse overnight if the U.S. government did what most wealthy countries did long ago and made tax filing simple and free for most citizens.
For more than 20 years, Intuit has waged a sophisticated, sometimes covert war to prevent the government from doing just that, according to internal company and IRS documents and interviews with insiders. The company unleashed a battalion of lobbyists and hired top officials from the agency that regulates it. From the beginning, Intuit recognized that its success depended on two parallel missions: stoking innovation in Silicon Valley while stifling it in Washington. Indeed, employees ruefully joke that the company’s motto should actually be “compromise without integrity.”"