Mary Katherine Ham on the IRS and the Tax Code
March 12th, 2015

As this kids say: This.

I don’t know if I’m offended or amused by the Washington Post writer who thinks that filing your taxes is easy because Internet! It takes me a full working weekend every year–that’s just about 2 percent of yearly weekend time–to taxes every year and that’s with the help of the wise souls at Intuit. I think it’s literally true that if I didn’t have software help, I would be incapable of filing my taxes on my own.

Now, I’m willing to believe that my taxes are more complicated the median filer because I’m a writer. But not that much more complicated. And we do seem to hear a lot about how in the future more and more workers will be freelancers of one sort or another.

What’s so punishing about the complexity of the tax system is that it extracts not just money, but time. I’d consider it a major quality-of-life improvement if I could give the IRS the same amount of money every year (or even a little more!), but do so in an hour.

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