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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Mind Boggling Facts about the IRS

  • The Gettysburg Address is 269 words; the Declaration of Independence is 1,337 words; the Holy Bible is ~773,000 words; the Internal Revenue Code has grown from 11,400 words in 1913 to about 7 million words today
  • There are at least 480 different tax forms, each with many pages of instructions
  • Even the easiest form, the 1040E, has 33 pages of instructions, and all in fine print.
  • The IRS sends out 8 billion pages of forms and instructions each year. Laid end to end, they would stretch 28 times around the earth;
  • Nearly 300,000 tress are cut down yearly to produce the paper for all the IRS forms and instructions.
  • American taxpayers spend $200 billion and 5.4 billion hours working to comply with federal taxes each year; more than it takes to produce every car, truck, and van in the United States.
  • The burden of compliance is the equivalent to a staff of 3 million people working full time for a year, just to comply with the taxes on individuals and businesses;
  • The IRS employs 114,000 people, 2x as many as the CIA and 5x as many as the FBI.
  • 60% of taxpayers must hire a professional to get through their own return.
  • Federal income taxes eat up 38.2% of the average family's income; that's more than for food, clothing, and shelter combined.


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