But still, 140 pages is still a tiny fraction of the 7,500 pages of the printout of the current Internal Revenue Code. And you wonder why the most corrupt thing in Washington, DC is the buying and selling of favors by "tweaking" the Internal Revenue Code, creating this monster that (in my opinion!) is about as understandable as Finnegans Wake.
Its to damn long. Period. You can get as many different guesses at the numbers of pages as there are pages probably. I think the point to dwell on is that there is not one single person on the face of the earth who truly understands it all.
"By the way, if you go to the US Government Printing Office ( www.gpo.gov ), you can order a complete set of Title 26 of the US Code of Federal Regulations (that's the part written by the IRS), all twenty volumes of it, at the bargain price of $974, shipping included.
According to the US Government Printing Office, it's 13,458 pages in total. The full text of Title 26 of the United States Code (the part written by Congress--available for an additional $179) is a mere 3,387 printed pages, bringing the adjusted gross page count to 16,845.
The number of words has been left as an exercise for the student."
It isn't just the actual law that is so burdensome. It is also the incredible amount of IRS regulations printed in the Federal Register; the hundreds of thousands of decisions handed down by the US Tax Court (incidentally, the only court where you are presumed wrong and have to prove your innocense) and the other federal courts; thousands of private letter rulings (PLRs), revenue rulings, notices, determination letters, technical advice memoranda (TAMs), general counsel memoranda (GCMs), actions on decisions (AODs); and forms and other publications, including the IRS Bulletin and the twice yearly Cumulative Bulletin that make the tax laws so inscrutable.
It boggles the mind.
I'll offer a standing $100 bet with any Congressman, Senator, or senate confirmable federal official who itemizes and does his or her own taxes that I can find a mistake in their return.
Maybe we can get FairTax.org or some other entity to make the same offer. There wouldn't have to be a funding source, because it would be a sucker bet. And I guarantee not a single official would take the bet.
All those things you mention is why some people estimate all the tax code additional rulings you mentioned plus Title 26 is around 67,500 pages long--indecipherable to even the IRS themselves! Is this stupidity or what? (shaking head)
The "Best Way to Show the Fairtax is Better". The truth is, the general public lacks the motivation to act even when they know the FairTax is Better. Boy, did that come out negative or what? I've been a supporter of the FairTax for almost 15 years and nobody has ever disagreed with me about the need for the FairTax. Yes, nobody. They might run and hide when the discussion got too real for them, but not disagree with the facts.
The FairTax will only take root and flourish whenwe find natural constituents that can be motivated to action, like picketing. What types of natural groups are there? Parents that want to pay for college with pretax dollars. Church goers that want donations to go to their church first. Dave Ramsey fans that want to to build wealth instead of debt. Unfortunately , I don't see these people joining our ranks like they should. When we find out why they aren't, things will get better.
The big problem with FairTax is that it's such a radical idea that most Americans have difficulty getting off the "income tax" mindset in favor of this system--even many Conservatives are leery of the idea (mostly because they've never bothered to research it).
But yet, FairTax will be very likely on the next President's agenda because frankly, we need to break the biggest form of corruption in Washington, DC--the pandering to even the most narrow political constituencies by offering tax breaks specifically aimed for these narrow groups. You wonder why the Internal Revenue Code and all the related tax rulings constitute over 67,500 pages of code, a system so complex that even the IRS can't figure it out!
for an eye opening idea of how messed up our whole financial system is, go to www.ourcaucus.com and watch the videos called Articles. It's over 2 hours of in depth examination of how our system is abused by politicians on both sides of the aisle to spend our tax dollars to pay off the lobbyists who got them elected. The series ends with the needed change to a National Sales Tax, but they don't mention FairTax. I don't know much about this organization, but their work on explaining how lobbyists & politicians have increasingly contributed to the financial ruin of this country since 1974 when congressional budgeting rules were changed by a simple majority vote.