Category Archives: Taxes

Check out why this writer thinks paying taxes is easy

http://twitter.com/#!/EWErickson/status/456245386588332032

If you think your taxes are too complicated, then Danny Vinik at The New Republic thinks you’re ridiculous:

A new poll from the Associated Press and GFP Public Affairs & Corporate Communications find some surprising results: Americans don’t think filing their taxes is hard. 58 percent of the 1,012 adults surveyed said filing their tax return was “very easy” or “somewhat easy.” Only 11 percent said it was “very hard” with another 27 percent saying it was “somewhat hard.”

Why aren’t Americans freaking out about tax day? Probably because filling out federal tax forms is pretty easy these days. 43 percent of respondents say they used a computer or website to do so while another 48 percent use a professional tax preparer. Only seven percent fill out tax forms by hand. And the vast majority of Americans (86 percent) are confident their taxes are correct. Just three percent are not confident.

He concludes taxes are so easy that Republicans are wrong to want to simplify them.

Of course, nearly 50% of Americans don’t have any federal tax liability. And millions use software or pay someone to do their taxes. Vinik, apparently, is one of them — or was up until this year:

http://twitter.com/#!/DannyVinik/status/456239355552878592

If even a “community catalyst” and “tent captain” at Duke University needs to hire H&R Block, that tells you something.

http://twitter.com/#!/ConditionFour/status/456227836588617728
http://twitter.com/#!/Libagno/status/456240002016346113
http://twitter.com/#!/PruPaine/status/456261612676997121
http://twitter.com/#!/bdomenech/status/456241226673844224
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Vinik seems to be under the impression that Republicans’ complaints about tax code complexity center on the number of tax brackets.

http://twitter.com/#!/DannyVinik/status/456241757609820160

Daniel Rothschild of R Street Institute (a free market think tank) sets the record straight:

http://twitter.com/#!/danrothschild/status/456245215540830208

Well said.

Related:

Donald Rumsfeld has ‘absolutely no idea’ if his tax return is accurate

Michael Ian Black rants about Greg Gutfeld’s tax day rant; Gutfeld responds

Show us the money! Homer Hickam wants people to see where their tax dollars go