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"Exit of Dana Trier a Loss for the Tax System"

Letter to the Editor
Harry L. Gutman

Wall Street Journal
March 6, 2018

It is a disgrace and insult to the citizens of this country when candor leads to dismissal.

By forcing Dana Trier, a consummate and dedicated tax professional, to leave the Treasury, Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Assistant Secretary David Kautter have dealt a blow to the administration of the tax system and its constituents—those who remit taxes to the government (“Treasury Official Critical of Parts of Tax Law Quits,” U.S. News, Feb. 24). Mr. Trier was the line professional with the principal responsibility of supervising the guidance necessary to implement the recently enacted tax legislation. His offense, it seems, was to tell the truth about the technical deficiencies of that legislation to a gathering of tax professionals—deficiencies of which the affected taxpayers, the business community in particular, are becoming increasingly aware as the euphoria of the reduced corporate-tax rate yields to analyses of how the law will actually affect business operations. At the very least, his departure will delay needed guidance and the hoped-for positive economic responses to the new law. It is a disgrace and insult to the citizens of this country when candor leads to dismissal. 

Harry L. Gutman, Edwards, Colo.

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