Ed Barnett wrote a letter to IRS as a joke to complain about the new taxes looming ahead for quite a few Americans but now this has caught on in the popular media like a new viral thing and shows no sign of stopping.
After the tax season, Ed Barnett was feeling not so good and after failing to keep it bottled in him, it hit a nerve and he had to do something about it. So he poured it all into a letter to the Wichita Falls Texas Times news. This letter was published by that print media on Feb 06. And from then on, as they say, it was history.
When I heard about the details first, I thought maybe the letter was full of rave and rant about taxes. After all nobody likes to part with money. But digging a but deeper, I found the letter was about something else.
Basically Ed Barnett wrote about his inability to pay taxes and was apologizing to the IRS about it. Right off the bat, Ed made it clear he either will not pay or won’t have the ability to pay. Is that cool or what.
Here are some of the reasons on why he is unable to pay – several dozen reasons as to why he cannot pay becauseÂ — he’s already paid cigarette, dog license and social security tax, to name a few — he asked for the same treatment Democratic Reps. Charles Rangel of New York, Chris Dodd of Connecticut, Barney Frank of Massachusetts, ex-Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D. and Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner received: “no penalties and no interest.”
The dude has a point. Why should the higher ups get away scot free when an average Joe is permanently harassed by the IRS.