There are more than 600 different tax forms to fill out. The so-called “short form” comes with almost 100 pages of instructions. And the IRS estimates filling out a complete 1040 form with Schedules A through E will take 44 hours. That’s an entire work week. And since the average American reports having about 20 hours per week in leisure time, it means the government can claim up to two full weeks of our down time.
No wonder few people do their own taxes these days. And that includes lawmakers. A Heritage Foundation survey of Hill offices concluded that only 22 out of 535 lawmakers filled out their own returns last year. Even the IRS commissioner doesn’t do his own taxes.
Haven’t we had enough?
It’s easy to make fun of the federal over-regulation of our lives, but it’s really no laughing matter. Washington makes too many rules and laws that affect too much of our lives. There’s simply no way the government can paper over that fact -- no matter how many forms it requires.