Abolish the IRS!
That's what four Republican presidential candidates want to do.
Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee have all said they would so radically simplify taxes that they would put the IRS out of work.
Under his tax reform proposal, Cruz even said filing one's taxes will involve nothing more than "a postcard or iPhone App."
A single postcard-size form does sound simple. But processing and verifying the information on 140 million of them sounds ... well, a lot less so.
"You may not like our tax system. But getting rid of the IRS doesn't get rid of the need to administer our tax laws," said Martin Sullivan, chief economist at the publisher Tax Analysts.
Someone's gotta collect the money
The candidates themselves seem to tacitly acknowledge the need for a tax agency even if it's called something else. They've sometimes softened their rhetoric, saying they'd "end the IRS as we know it" or "abolish it and replace it."