Rebuilding continues one year after tax protester Andrew Joseph Stack III flewe his Piper Dakota plane into a building an Austin Texas IRS Building. Today is the first anniversary of this tragic event.
The IRS commissioner had the following to say about the tragic Austin Plane Crash:
Like most Americans, I am shocked by the tragic events that took place in Austin this morning. This incident is of deep concern to me. We are working with law-enforcement agencies to fully investigate the events that led up to this plane crash.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the dedicated employees of the IRS who work in the Austin building. We will immediately begin doing whatever we can to help them during this difficult time.
While this appears to be an isolated incident, the safety of our employees is my highest priority. We will continue to do whatever is needed to ensure our employees are safe.
The Painful Aftermath:
The office building that was destroyed by the plane crash is still being repaired, and new tenants will move in at the end of the year. The tragedy is not over for the family of Vernon Hunter, the 68-year-old IRS manager who lost his life in the crash, or for the 13 people who were injured (2 critically injured) in the crash.
There's Always a Way Out:
In his suicide note, Joseph Stack detailed his problems with the IRS. He was incredibly frustated witht he government, he felt like he had no way out. I want anyone who owes the IRS to know there's always a way out. There are programs that can help you, and there are people that cane help you. Never give up. Remember, if you need me, I'm just an e-mail away.