IRS: Do What I Say, Not What I Do

A central supporting theme of respectable authority is that it does not require of others what it does not also do.

To believe the IRS requires a pretty low opinion of government competence. My friends who work in regulated sectors such as finance are outraged by the IRS’s description of how it was running its backup process, because the government subjects them to constantly ratcheting standards for document retention — specifying how long, and on what format, they have to keep every communication ever generated by their firms. How dare they demand higher standards of regulated companies than they do of the regulators?

via Missing E-Mail Is the Least of the IRS’s Problems – Bloomberg View.

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