Tax policy is deliberately confusing

Daily PunditThe reason for this is that the tax code – and the process of paying and/or filing taxes – remains almost entirely opaque to the average American. Hence, Americans base their opinions on the taxes they pay on a very small number of markers – how much is taken out of their checks, mostly. They have little or no knowlege base to determine what they should be paying, or how to make comparisons to previous years, and so they mostly believe whatever “authorities” they are listening to.

I think that's optimistic. Most people don't even look at their paycheck (especially not to compare it to last year). They look at their refund check, mostly because that's a very easy comparison to make; much easier than digging up a pay stub from a year ago and comparing it line by line.

I'm convinced modern tax laws are actually intended to confuse people.

This entry was published Sat Apr 13 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2019-04-09 14:54:36.0. [Tweet]

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