For John, BLUF: The IRS Code is too complicated, but it does provide work for many accountants and lawyers. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Fact Checkers are all well and good, but we should not depend on them for common sense? Here is The Washington Post Fact Checker, Ms Michelle Ye Hee Lee, on Senator "Ted Cruz’s claim that the IRS tax code has more words than the Bible". She scores it as correct, with the King James Version♠ weighing in at just over 800,00 and the Tax code at somewhere between 2.6 and 3.7 million words, but irrelevant.
Irrelevant? Why soever for? It appears Ms Lee is a Coastie and clueless about the People in the Heartland of the Nation. She writes:
We also wondered: Why does it matter to the average taxpayer that the tax code is hard to comprehend? Do Americans actually read the tax code, especially now that software programs make it easy to file taxes with a few mouse clicks?Maybe the average taxpayer worries about all that is hidden in the Tax Code, as perhaps many of them were worried about what was in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.♥ And, are worried about what is hidden in the treaty the President is negotiating with Iran over nuclear weapons. If you don't know all the ins and outs you don't know if you are filing correctly, if you are getting all the deductions you deserve.
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ The one Saint Paul used when he preached.