He Knows What He Doesn’t Know

Remember when Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld said – to paraphrase – that we know what we know, but we don’t know what we don’t know about al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden? Well, he feels the same way about the tax situation. Here’s an excerpt of a letter he sent to the IRS.

Dear Sir or Madame,

I have sent in our federal income tax and gift tax returns for 2013. As in prior years, it is important for you to know that I have absolutely no idea whether our tax returns and our tax payments are accurate. I say that despite the fact that I am a college graduate and I try hard to make sure our returns are accurate.


As in past years, I have spent more money than I wanted to spend to hire an accounting firm to prepare our tax returns and I believe they are well qualified.

This note is to alert you folks that I know I do not know whether or not my tax returns are accurate, which is a sad commentary on governance in our nation’s capital.


I should also add that my wife of 59 years, also a college graduate, has signed our joint return, but she also knows that she does not have any idea whether or not our tax payments are accurate.

Rumsfeld Tax Day Letter

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