This is a valuable study for everyone interested in his taxes or worried about certain undeclared matters of income. If you are a piker, somewhere under the $10,000-a-year bracket, don't worry. Odds are they won't nail you. The Internal Revenue Service is out for the big fish, since they don't have enough staffers to net the common minnow. Not that author Surface is telling you to break the law, but the fact is that the law is more interested in major than minor malfeasance and IRS agents naturally want to be where the money is. The so-called ""spot check"" among the lower orders is a myth. Even the George Orwell 1984-oriented, massive new computer system, by which the federal government is registering every single taxpayer, has proved a mixed blessing. It catches so many errors that only the most outrageous can be attended to. The chapter describing the ""Martinsburg Monster"" (the Computer) is rather hair-raising--and YOU are on that machine somewhere! You are a tiny agglomeration of dots on a tape. The study also describes the making of an IRS agent; how the IRS promotes its fearful image to scare citizens into honesty; alcohol, high income and actors' taxes; and the IRS apparatus around the world. Quite absorbing.