Rumsfeld Has ‘Absolutely No Idea’ If He Filed His Taxes Correctly


Donald Rumsfeld got his taxes filed in time. Just don’t ask him if they were done correctly.

In a letter sent Tuesday to the Internal Revenue Service, Rumsfeld said he has “absolutely no idea” whether his family’s tax returns and payments were filed accurately.

“This note is to alert you folks that I know that I do not know whether my tax returns are accurate,” Rumsfeld wrote, employing his signature locution.

The former secretary of defense under two presidents writes a letter to the IRS every year calling on the agency to reform the tax code. He posted a copy of this year’s letter on his Twitter account.

“I do hope that at some point in my lifetime, and I am now in my 80s, so there are not many years left, the U.S. government will simplify the U.S. tax code so that those citizens who sincerely want to pay what they should, are able to do it right, and know that they have done it right,” Rumsfeld wrote.

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