Just tell me what I oweon March 27, 2013 @ 6:02 am (Updated: 7:30 am - 3/27/13 )
But as the forms have gotten more complicated, and grown to ten, 20, sometimes 30 pages - I understand completely how Mitt Romney felt.
And I've often wondered - why can't the IRS just send me a bill?
The power company sends a bill, and I have no clue how they figure it out, but I pay. None of us understands how doctors or cell phone companies come up with all those fees - but we pay them - so why not taxes?
Well, according to ProPublica.org, which researched the story with NPR, the IRS was prepared to do what Denmark, Sweden, and Spain do - and just send you a return already filled out, so you could sign off on it and be done in five minutes.
But the idea has been blocked by a lobbying group that includes - and this will shock you - Intuit - the firm that sells Turbo Tax. Which sells tax software to about 25 million Americans and earns about $1.5 billion.
I suppose you could argue that letting the IRS prepare your tax bill is un-manly. That a real man deducts every ratty undershirt in the giveaway box. But there comes a time when you realize that you can't outsmart the IRS. When that last deduction just isn't worth trying to understand an unrecaptured section 1250 gain. So come on Intuit - let it go. Let us just pay and be done with it.
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