Our Program Dealing with Taxpayer Anxiety Disorder will Help Close the tax gap by Generating an Extra $80 Billion Dollars a Year

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By not prosecuting or penalizing people with TAD, the government will save an additional 250 Million Dollars each year, according to Selig & Associates, Inc., of New York City.

Federal Tax Practitioner David Selig and Attorney Bradley Dorin of Selig & Associates Inc. (a New York City based tax representation and advocacy firm) claim that Taxpayer Anxiety Disorder is a condition which causes people not to file their tax returns, sufferers shouldn’t be prosecuted for tax evasion and should be entitled have all of their penalties discharged. By not prosecuting or penalizing people with TAD, the government will save an additional 250 Million Dollars each year, assuming a 6% distribution. http://www.irs.gov/uac/IRS-The-Tax-Gap, http://www.irs.gov/uac/SOI-Tax-Stats-Individual-Income-Tax-Return-Form-1040-Statistics

“At first blush Taxpayer Anxiety Disorder may sound like a gambit – a clever way for a person to get out of paying penalties that they probably owe” – says David Selig, “but after reviewing the data, and reflecting upon my own empirical observations, I’m a believer – TAD is a real condition that deserves our compassion.” Attorney Dorin agrees and adds “this and similar anxiety disorders have been legitimized by some of academia’s leading professors, psychologists and psychiatrists. Sufferers have internal barriers that keep them from filing their tax returns. The body of knowledge on anxiety disorders is enormous and this behavior fits squarely within.” TAX COMPLIANCE AS THE RESULT OF A PSYCHOLOGICAL TAX CONTRACT: THE ROLE OF INCENTIVES AND RESPONSIVE REGULATION: Lars Feld and Bruno Frey, Centre for Tax System Integrity Research School of Social Sciences Australian National University Canberra, ACT, 0200 WORKING PAPER No 76 June 2005; Combining Psychology and Economics in the Analysis of Compliance: From Enforcement to Cooperation, James Alm, Erich Kirchler and Stephan Muehlbacher; Department of Economics, Tulane University, l6823 St. Charles Avenue, 208 Tilton Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118, U.S.A.: Economic Analysis & Policy, Vol. 42 No. 2, SEPTEMBER 2012; see also, http://www.psychiatry.org/mental-health/anxiety-disorders

But this is nothing new, in fact, in 2008 one of Governor Patterson’s top aides (Charles O'Byrne) claimed to have “late filing syndrome” and avoided criminal prosecution. In New York, non-filers, including those with TAD, can voluntarily come forward, and avoid criminal prosecution and tax penalties. This applies to individual income tax, corporate and sales taxes (even if nonpayment was the result of fraudulent or criminal conduct). http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/23/nyregion/23obyrne.html?_r=0
Mr. Selig & Mr. Dorin are available for all interviews, television and radio 24/7.

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