If Any Agent Should Be Reading This: We Have Receipts For Everything We Claimed

I’m still waiting to hear from the tax guy about where the axe will fall this year, so it was with great interest that I read theChristian Science Monitor review of Richard Yancey’s Confessions of A Tax Collector.

Despite Yancey’s attempts to allay fear, there are reason for readers to feel nervous about this book, and not only because it demonstrates the power of the IRS. The author doesn’t identify anybody by real name. He has altered personal histories, appearances, and sometimes even the gender of the taxpayers he describes. He has disguised his co-workers, as well. He discloses that he has also altered chronology, “for clarity and to facilitate the narrative flow.” He has relied on memory rather than contemporaneous notes.