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(The New Republic)   If they taxed all the people who were too stupid to know that the internet makes doing your taxes easy, we could erase the deficit   (newrepublic.com) divider line 15
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2014-04-14 02:40:04 PM  
3 votes:
Two things I don't like machines helping me with:  Voting, and taxes.
2014-04-14 09:31:51 PM  
1 votes:

UberDave: Yeah...it's easy until your god damn tablet won't load the Schedule-A PDF!!


/smashes something


Don't use a toy to do work, you won't have that problem.
2014-04-14 07:18:42 PM  
1 votes:
Or we could have politicians and bureaucrats with the cojones to stand up to the goddamn tax prep/tax loopholes buried to benefit a very specific group of people lobbies.

That'd be neat.
2014-04-14 07:03:10 PM  
1 votes:
For the vast majority of Americans, there is no need to file a tax return at all because there are no itemizations or deductions that the IRS doesn't already have from your employers, banks, insurance, investments, etc.  You're just telling it everything that it already knows.

We could do like some countries in Europe and Asia do, and let you just sign to accept what the IRS already has (or amend it if you wish), but the GOP (and Intuit) has blocked it for decades saying that if they made taxes less painful/expensive, it wouldn't be as good a political football.
2014-04-14 05:14:39 PM  
1 votes:

Without Fail: serial_crusher: Taxes are hard for people with a lot of things to tax. They're less hard for the average American.

Actually, taxes are easy for everyone.
Finding loopholes is hard.


Agreed. I've had a few years where I've had weird income, and I've had to figure out new forms and schedules and whathaveyou, but it always, always, always came down to just writing the correct numbers in the correct spaces, and then doing the simplest math ever.

And what's more, when you do it that way, rather than trying to figure out how to loophole your way out of every cent possible, you can be pretty sure you won't be audited, and if so, who cares? They can audit me all they want. Not because I'm broke, but because I don't mind paying my share. If you're not try to skirt your way around paying in some way, then you have nothing to hide from an audit.
2014-04-14 05:07:41 PM  
1 votes:

serial_crusher: Taxes are hard for people with a lot of things to tax. They're less hard for the average American.


Actually, taxes are easy for everyone.
Finding loopholes is hard.
2014-04-14 05:05:48 PM  
1 votes:
Payroll withholding is the most brilliantly evil idea devised by the mind of man.
2014-04-14 05:04:49 PM  
1 votes:
You ever notice that there are a disturbingly high number of people in this country that will intentionally try to make everything they do as complicated as they can? These people are especially represented when it comes to doing their taxes. It is just amazing how many people make the process of just doing your taxes yourself or finding someone to do them for you an ordeal.
2014-04-14 04:59:27 PM  
1 votes:
FFS, the 1040EZ and 1040A instruction booklets are practically written in flowcharts.

Then again, most Americans can't read for content to save their lives. Sure they can sound out the words, but actually extracting meaning from them?
2014-04-14 04:55:04 PM  
1 votes:
Taxes are a snap when you're broke.
2014-04-14 04:52:05 PM  
1 votes:
This goes back to that "hard to make a mistake on a 1040EZ" thread from a couple of days ago.

Taxes are hard for people with a lot of things to tax.  They're less hard for the average American.
2014-04-14 04:43:17 PM  
1 votes:
I once had this conversation with someone who had a problem with the tax code:

Him: "I wouldn't mind paying more in taxes at all if they were just simpler!"

Me: "Well the hard part is the actual deduction, so if you want you can just take no deductions and your taxes would be a lot simpler, you would just be paying more like you want."

Him:"No I don't want to pay more".
2014-04-14 04:40:46 PM  
1 votes:

dittybopper: Two things I don't like machines helping me with:  Voting, and taxes.


At least with taxes there's a paper trail. Somewhere.
2014-04-14 02:56:37 PM  
1 votes:
We already tax stupid. It's called the lottery.
2014-04-14 02:45:23 PM  
1 votes:
Yeah...it's easy until your god damn tablet won't load the Schedule-A PDF!!


/smashes something
 
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