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An Uncivil Income Tax System

andrews Wrote: Apr 04, 2012 7:21 PM
I agree. Were it nothing more than a flat rate on income, and income were defined clearly, it would at least be easy enough to file. I would ideally see the federal government funded by the states as was originally intended (which would make the states more interested in cutting federal spending than seeking fed handouts), but I don't think I will live to even see that proposed, much less enacted.

Each year in the United States, an estimated 6.1 billion hours are spent complying with the federal tax code. I'm pretty sure at least half of those hours are spent by me.

With less than two weeks remaining before this year's tax returns are due, I've barely made a dent in my stack of forms, receipts, and instructions. Each year the prospect of doing my taxes looms more daunting and dismal than the year before. Each year I wonder where I'll find the time, never mind the patience, to get it done. Each year's tax ordeal seems to require more...