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Steve fed up with tax system in this week’s Rondo Words

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April 15th has come and gone. Did you get your taxes done in time? Did you pay someone to do them for you?

The IRS reports about 60 percent of us do. It’s just gotten too darned complicated. Just ask any number of Obama cabinet nominees.

Here are some factoids from the IRS itself:
– Individuals and businesses spend about 7.6 billion hours a year complying with IRS filing requirements.
– Since 2001, there have been more than 3,200 changes to the tax code. That’s an average of more than one a day.
– This may be the most amazing number of all, the US tax code contains 3.7 million words or so. By the IRS’ best estimate, that translates to more than 70,000 pages.

There are 500 sheets of paper in a ream. Multiply this by almost fifteen, and you have the equivalent of the US tax code; that’s 75,000 pages.

It’s absolutely ridiculous and out of control.

We deserve a simpler tax system.

There have been attempts in the past but you can see where they’ve gotten us. It’s time for some political bravery, lest the whole tax code come tumbling down upon us under the sheer weight of its complexity.

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April 15th has come and gone. Did you get your taxes done in time? Did you pay someone to do them for you?

The IRS reports about 60 percent of us do. It’s just gotten too darned complicated. Just ask any number of Obama cabinet nominees.

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