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Donald Rumsfeld’s Tax Day Letter To The IRS Is Amazing

You’re not the only one who’s confused on tax day. Donald Rumsfeld’s tax day letter proves that the tax code is impenetrable even for top officials.


Yes, tax day is horrible, but at least you’re not alone. You’re not the only one who has no idea, even after hours of analysis or hundreds of dollars spent on accountants, whether your tax returns are actually accurate. Even former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld isn’t quite sure if his tax returns are accurate or not. Check out his annual tax day letter to the IRS, which he posted on Facebook earlier today.

Here’s a quick excerpt (you can see the whole letter below):

Dear Sir or Madame,

I have sent in our federal income tax and gift tax returns for 2013. As in prior years, it is important for you to know that I have absolutely no idea whether our tax returns and our tax payments are accurate. I say that despite the fact that I am a college graduate and I try hard to make sure our returns are accurate.


As in past years, I have spent more money than I wanted to spend to hire an accounting firm to prepare our tax returns and I believe they are well qualified.

This note is to alert you folks that I know I do not know whether or not my tax returns are accurate, which is a sad commentary on governance in our nation’s capital.


I should also add that my wife of 59 years, also a college graduate, has signed our joint return, but she also knows that she does not have any idea whether or not our tax payments are accurate.

Rumsfeld Tax Day Letter