I read with great interest the three articles on the Internal Revenue Service's efforts to increase enforcement of the Internal Revenue Code and thwart the efforts of tax cheats (Accounting Today, Oct. 11-24, 2004).

While I applaud their efforts, I would suggest a simpler and more effective way of dealing with the problem. We simply revoke the Internal Revenue Code and all state and local taxes, and replace them with a federal sales tax. This tax would be levied on all purchases with no exception. The states could then divide their share of that revenue on some equitable basis - possibly based on residents.

We have been skirting around this issue for too long. It is now time to do something about the problem.

Leo Johnson Jr.

Euclid, Ohio

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