GAO way off base!In regard to your front page article titled "Whatever happened to tax reform?" (Sept. 4-17, 2006): I thought the Internal Revenue Service sank to a new low when they published a fee schedule telling the taxpayer what a professional tax preparer should charge, but the Government Accountability Office has one up on them.

In the last three paragraphs of the article, the GAO tries to put the blame for failure to pass a tax reform act on the tax professional. This is like blaming firefighters for a fire in a slumlord's building. Whether simplified tax reform is passed or not, taxpayers are still going to seek out tax professionals to assist them in the planning and preparation of returns.

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