Rumsfeld: Tax Code 'Too Complicated'

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By on April 17, 2014 in Current Events with 80 Comments

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld sent a letter to the IRS along with his 2013 tax returns to alert the agency that he has “absolutely no idea” whether or not his tax returns are accurate.

“The tax code is so complex and and the forms are so complicated, that I know that I cannot have any confidence that I know what is being requested and therefore I cannot and do not know, and I suspect a great many Americans cannot know, whether or not their tax returns are accurate,” wrote Rumsfeld.

Rumsfeld posted the letter on his Twitter account this week. A copy of the letter is included below.

Perhaps he was just venting his frustrations with the note, or maybe it was intended to try to stave off an audit.

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