I discovered the most amazing thing this week -- a report on a federal agency that was actually readable.

The National Taxpayer Advocate's annual report to Congress is mandated under the Internal Revenue Code to describe at least 20 of the most serious problems encountered by taxpayers each year. The problems the report actually describes are, for the most part, unsurprising. The No. 1 issue in the 2005 issue again stressed the need for legislators to make simplification of the tax system a reality. That's not a new call in Washington, just see the work of the President's Advisory Panel on Tax Reform, and it's also one that looks to get very little traction in the current political landscape.

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