Sorry, but I think the Dec. 12 editorial attacking the agencies that advertise their ability to save money for delinquent taxpayers misses the mark.
I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts that the Internal Revenue Service doesn't take the same attitude. Why not? Because the IRS knows that such agencies actually increase the IRS' annual take.
What these not-so-treasonous agencies really do is represent the delinquent taxpayer before the IRS, resulting in a settlement the IRS realistically calculates is as much as it could ever get from the guy. Without this outside agency's involvement, the delinquent taxpayer, in most cases, would simply duck his head, ignore the IRS' demands and wind up paying nothing.
So, as I see it, it's not treason, it's relieving a taxpayer of a load of guilt, and putting more money into our national treasury than would otherwise get there.
Doesn't sound like treason to me.