Letters to the Editor

Convoluted tax code

Why is the IRS tax code so convoluted and complex, and what is it supposed to accomplish?

Simply, a 10 percent sales tax would be more fair and efficient.

The IRS was established by an amendment to the Constitution in 1913 and for the first few years the middle class paid little or no federal taxes.

But today anyone productive (and not politically connected) pays one-third to one-half of all their hard-earned treasure. This is approximately what serfs paid the owners of the land they farmed in the Middle Ages!

There was no federal income tax in the U.S. between 1776 and 1913 because a much smaller government survived on a few tariffs and fees.

— Bruce Ferguson, Fort Worth