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Under poor management

In Tampa we are familiar with the ongoing tax ID scam, but your article Nov. 8 (“IRS issues $4 billion in fraudulent returns”) really highlighted how grossly inept that agency is. It’s truly unbelievable that, in 2012, they sent 655 tax refunds to a single address in Lithuania and 343 refunds went to a lone address in Shanghai.

In the second-to-last paragraph, it stated how proud the IRS was in getting refunds out so quickly. That would be admirable if those refunds went to the right people. I, for one, am not too happy if this means making the Chinese and Lithuanians rich at the expense of us taxpayers.

What is more grim is that these morons (IRS) will administer the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act to include taxation, penalties and fees. What could go wrong with that, considering that the navigators, who are helping people with registering under the ACA, require no federal background checks and could be convicted felons, awaiting trial for whatever, or just waiting to try their hand at tax ID fraud?

Who is in charge of this mess? We know, but for obvious reasons this administration seems to be adverse to criticizing any agency under its control. I assume it would be an admission of poor management and control on their own part to do so.

Paul Cotter


Utopia, it’s not

We are advised that the IRS sent out $4 billion in fraudulent returns, including the 655 returns to a single address in Lithuania and 343 to a lone address in Shanghai. As a software guy in my past life, I can’t emphasize how simple it would have been to automatically spot more than two returns going to the same address. Those requests — plus other suspicious ones — would be flagged and sent for human intervention.

Now marry this latest government fraud malfeasance with other recent ones: the Obamacare rollout and lies, IRS political bias, the Benghazi cover-up, NSA overreach, Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security disability, welfare, defense contractors, Solyndra/Department of Energy, and on and on.

Be alerted that this president’s intention is to destroy 30 percent of our economy and replace a phony and failed Obamacare program with a government single-payer medical system. I say eliminate Obamacare and add evolving pieces of legislation to accommodate pre-existing conditions (assigned risk pools), increased medical care for the indigent (clinic care instead of emergency room care), tort reform, and allow us to cross state lines to get more competitive rates. These are starters. Then, you evaluate, fine tune, add and change based upon the results.

Dan Roberts

Sun City Center

Business as usual?

Regarding “IRS issues $4 billion in fraudulent returns:” Is this the agency that President Obama chose to enforce the Affordable Care Act? This headline assures me that this agency is certainly capable of enforcing a law that impacts one-sixth of our nation’s economy — well, maybe not so much. If they aren’t able to figure out that it would be crowded, to say the least, at the two addresses cited in the article, how are they going to handle enforcement of health care mandates when obviously fraudulent tax returns are being processed over and over again?

The current website woes are nothing compared to the debacles in our future if this headline indicates “ business as usual” at the IRS.

Jerrold Cheesbro

Sun City Center

Better be dead certain

Death is big business, and it can be a sleazy business. In 1989 my mother and father each paid for a “pre-need” funeral. My father’s need came three years later, when he was 82. My mother just celebrated her 100th birthday. Five years ago, when medical complications followed a fall, she was no longer able to drive or sustain her living arrangements. I brought her back to her native Massachusetts.

I thought it prudent to look into what my mother’s prepaid final arrangements would cover since the “need” would not be in Florida, where she had lived. To my utter astonishment, I found that while it might pay for her funeral in Florida, she would only get credit for the dollar amount she paid in 1989 — no interest for the 24 years the money was held in trust. No reciprocal agreement with out-of-state funeral homes that would credit the present prices of services in Florida. In effect, the funeral industry had an interest-free loan for 24 years.

Unless you are dead certain that you are going to die in Florida, prepaid or pre-need funerals are a very bad deal.

Bernice Masse Rosenthal

Damariscotta, Maine

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