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1040 United States tax return
It's Tax Day. Have you filed yet? How honest were you? Caitlin Kenney, reporter and producer at NPR's Planet Money, talks about how tax collectors in the Philippines, Italy and the UK encourage people to file, and how it's done in the US.
Any chance of you not referring to my country as "England"? Thanks, my country is the United Kingdom which consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The whole thing would be very easy if each of us received the forms with the reported income already filled in. Then we would just need to put in our deductions.
The cost of compliance with the United States tax code is extraordinary, both in time and money. Your guest is wrong; EVERYONE I know either pays someone to do their taxes or purchases software (every year, federal and at least one state). I am not wealthy, do not have any fancy entities, and hold a graduate degree in math.
This is a terrible waste of resources, expended to no productive end.
We have some of the highest corporate taxes in the developed world, yet most corporations, via loopholes, pay 0-12%.
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The description of Manny Pacquio was hilarious in its errors. It's a small thing but he has never fought Mayweather, love her description of Manny as a small man who has fought some American fighters. Hah! He is way more that! Also, i miss Brian.
Taxes can be simple, entirely fair, and entirely adequate to the needs of the government by following China's lead. They have a graduated tax, increases from very low to max out at 25%, but there are no deductions, you pay your percentage of what you earn, no real complexity issues, no tax dodges, nobody unfairly enriched, just pay what you owe. And it's China, so if you don't pay the penalties are severe and the likelihood that you will in fact get caught is great, so compliance is, as far as I know, pretty near perfect. But then what would the CPA's do? Maybe sell pencils, do something useful for society, I don't know, but figuring out how to minimize one's contribution to society isn't a particularly high calling in my humble opinion.
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