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What is the purpose of the Tax Code and the Internal Revenue Service Is it to maintain equilibrium between the wealthiest and the poorest segments of society as the authors imply or to lay and collect Taxesto pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States as stated in the US Constitution Charles Lewis and Bill Allison in their book The Cheating of America attempt to address this very issue While the authors repeatedly claim to recognize the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion the books examples nevertheless take great liberties sprinkling terms like scheme sham and improper through numerous descriptions of completely legal and commonplace corporate structurings Aside from stunningly slanted conclusions in more than one instance deriding a company or individual for their unfair tax planning notwithstanding that the US Tax Court found the taxpayer wholly innocent of what can only be characterized as trumped-up charges brought by the IRS the authors assertion that upper-income taxpayers do not pay their fair share depends upon how one defines fair share In their book Lewis and Allison cite several carefully selected examples of wealthy Americans and corporations finding ways to avoid paying their fair share in federal income taxes some legally and some illegally Clearly these extreme cases do depict specific situations that should anger and frustrate most taxpayers However when one examines the bigger picture instead of looking at only an extremely small sampling of the very worst the view is much different For instance while the authors tell the reader The IRS recently reported that 2680 filers with incomes of 200000 or more claimed they owed no taxes up from 612 in the mid-eighties and 85 in 1977 they fail to mention that as our economy grows and incomes rise especially during the economic boom of the 1990s there are many more people in these income brackets than in the past As a result despite
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