Tuesday, September 25, 2012

NFL Referees & IRS Agents

Do you agree that the U.S. tax code is convoluted?
Do you think the solution is hiring better IRS agents?

The National Football League is under fire for not agreeing to terms with its top referees. As a result, the back-up refs have been involved in several controversies.

Many commentators have been quick to blame the replacement refs, but how can they be expected to perform at the same level as the fully trained professionals? Perhaps the root cause is more fundamental. The NFL has a kazillion rules in its rule book. New rules and complexity are added each year. Ironically the more "just" the rules become, the harder they become to adjudicate appropriately. This complexity mirrors the federal tax code. The response in this context is often to call for streamlined rules, not better IRS agents. Maybe the league can understand the true culprit is reliance on a system that only a small cadre of experts can maintain. cf. Leviticus

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