The tax season is just around the corner. For some it is a joyous occasion with big refund checks, for others it is a time for hand wringing and sleepless nights, it is dependent on your personal situation.

Over Christmas I reconnected with author Wayne Vinson. Wayne wrote a book a while ago, Tax Collectors And Other Sinners, it is a novel, and a very good one. You can find my review here. He worked for the IRS for 33 years and in part draws on his personal experiences to frame parts of the characters and plot for the book.

Although not in the book he has a fabulous true life story about the perils of being out in the field tracking down delinquent tax payers. The gentleman was a house painter and Wayne managed to locate him at work. The painter dropped his brush and grabbed the paint sprayer and gave Wayne a makeover. The story is too funny for words. You can listen to it here:

You can also read the whole story here.

Wayne Vinson has agreed to help me on some tax related articles. No, we will not be talking about Schedule A through Z, nor the rest of the tax code. Our plan is to take a broader approach.

I have many questions for Wayne, as a layman I don’t understand much of how the tax system works. It does however seem far too complex and seems to contain many loopholes that benefit the rich and special interest groups. When the ‘modern’ income tax system came into being in 1913, it was a simple system. A sliding scale from 1% to 6% based on earnings between $3000 and $500,000. Over the years more and more has been added. Most of which has no bearing on the majority of tax payers, other than complicate the filing process.

Wayne Vinson was an IRS agent for 33 years and the author of a real thriller, Tax Collectors and Other Sinners, the story of a psycho killing tax collectors. It is available at amazon.com as an E-book or soft cover.

Simon Barrett

 

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