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Why Not Mailing IRS Forms is a Good Move

PaperBill Bischoff’s article in the Wall Street Journal, Why Not Mailing Paper Forms is a Dumb IRS Move, misses the mark of common sense. The IRS plans to save $10 million a year in printing and mailing costs by not filling our mailboxes with forms that more than 90% of us will not use. Mr. Bischoff acknowledges that only about 8% of tax returns are self-prepared on paper, as the rest are prepared by professionals or filed electronically.  His concern is that 11 million taxpayers will be “left out in the cold” with no forms. He feels it is unreasonable that the IRS advises people to get any forms they may need online at irs.gov. For those with no computer or Internet access they can call the IRS at 800-829-3676 and get all the forms they want. If they would like to use the Internet to do their taxes but have no access they can visit their local library. Almost 100% of academic, public, and school libraries in the U.S. are connected to the Internet and available for public access. I did not anticipate that I would be defending the IRS, but how can we complain about government deficits and spending, and then turn around and complain when an agency tries to save taxpayer money? Mr. Bischoff should look for something more constructive to write about.