Letters to the Editor

Relief from the IRS

Doing my income taxes each year takes more than 35 hours — gathering receipts, sorting, listing, traveling to Santa Maria for publications and forms, studying, filling out, copying and filing.

The option of a flat-tax, one-page form for taxpayers would be an alternative that I could embrace. Sort of, “If you like your IRS mess, you can keep it. If not, just figure it on one form. Pay the one you like.”

There could be deductions for charity, home mortgage, maybe one or two others like health care or property taxes.

My family and friends would be willing to pay a bit more to be relieved of the IRS burden of keeping vast records for six years, and the IRS could downsize — a lot! Are you listening, candidates?