Many readers here, also read Jack Townsend’s Federal Tax Crimes blog. His blog specifically says this:
This blog on Federal Tax Crimes is for tax professionals and tax students. It is not directed to lay readers — such as persons who are potentially subject to civil and criminal tax or related consequences.
However, over the course of the past 3 years he has provided a forum for minnows lay readers to express frustrations and get answers to some very specific questions about “what to do” as many became painfully aware of their non compliance. Frankly I have been amazed at his willingness to provide the time and effort with his responses, knowing how expensive his legal advice and guidance is should you decide to employ him. This is PRO BONO work that borders on “Sainthood” if you believe in that sort of thing! LOL
Recently in response to minnow rants, he has taken a slightly tougher tone to reign in hyperbole and eliminate inappropriate comments. The goal was to keep comments focused to the mission at hand of providing good information to help taxpayers learn from each other, and give guidance where he can. Fair enough!
In response to a lot of discussion related to Shulmans “good riddance” departure, there have been suggestions about writing letters to Congress and the IRS to increase awareness of how misguided the OVDI is in application.
To this end, he has created a specific blog thread to allow those readers who wish to provide comments to Congress and the IRS. This thread is created here.
I do think that Jack has a wide readership inside the IRS as well as amoungst tax practitioners. This might be a good place to make constructive criticism of the IRS program. Every forum should be used, if available, so I encourage those of you to feel capable or willing to post a reasoned argument there. I have not yet posted myself, due to some personal time constraints, but will so in the next couple days. It is not like I have been reticent in the past to express my opinions, as you know.
I would consider Jack’s words of admonition the type of entries one should make. You might disagree, but you get the idea . He discourages rants as it turns off the reader you are trying to reach. He says in response to one ranter…
I am not trying to defend the IRS. I think the program has been poorly conceived (that is a hindsight judgment) and administered (that too is hindsight). All I am trying to say is that minnows should stress not that the program is abusive, but that they should be treated lightly.
Bottom line, I think you can have some effect, but not by calling U.S. democracy a sham or by denying that the conduct — leaving income out of the U.S. return — was not wrong. Individually, you should argue, you have no knowledge or reasonable cause, but the Congress has given the IRS tools to deal with the problem.
Please reformulate your complaints and try to articulate them in a way that the powers that be will be inclined to listen to them and respond.