Every year between January and April Americans see ads like this:
From tax preparation companies and ads like this
from tax software companies
As a person who has done their own federal taxes on paper without using tax preparation software as my mother taught me and has no interest in sharing my tax numbers with anyone else such ads have no interest to me, but to most Americans the selling point of these ads is the ability of either the professionals at H & R block or Turbo Tax to make sure that their customers get every deduction that they are legally allowed to take.
Now picture if those ads were different.
What if that Turbo Tax ad instead of saying “In her case yes the amount goes right here” when asked about a load deduction said: “In her case yes but we at Turbo Tax aren’t going to apply it because we want to help you to be a patriotic American who pays her fair share of taxes.”
What if that H & R Block ad instead of saying “Nobody gets more of your money back then Block, guaranteed.” said “Nobody makes sure you pay your fair share of taxes like Block, guaranteed.”
Or picture going to your local accountant who instead of promising to get you the best refund they legally could promised to make sure you paid your fair share of taxes.
Would you pay any of those people to do your taxes?
Of course not! That’s idiocy.
It’s a fair critique to say that Donald Trump is the first major presidential candidate to not release his taxes in 40 years and if you object to that failure, that’s fine.
But to critique Donald Trump for employing accountants who take every tax deduction specifically allowed under US law, that’s simply nuts.
FYI I’d be interested in hearing how many members of the MSM employ such civic minded accountants. Maybe they can provide us with a list.