“The court is not without some sympathy for taxpayers penalized for failing to pay a tax of which they were unaware. However, every citizen is presumed to know the law.” - Some Oregon judge."Every citizen is presumed to know the law." Hmmph. I remember learning when I was a kid that "ignorance of the law is no excuse". I can understand why some people get all worked up over "burdensome government regulations". Sometimes it seems like there is no end to them.
We could do away with most of our taxes if we simply replaced them with my glorious, extremely simple resource extraction tax. Everything that comes out of the ground - coal, oil, the metal from ores would be taxed at some minuscule rate. If we did that we could dispense with half the lawyers and half the accountants. Hmmm. That means we would then have a bunch of unemployed lawyers, and who knows what kind of trouble they would be stirring up. Probably start quibbling about my entirely reasonable and most wonderful resource extraction tax. Some people are just never happy.