The Gettysburg address is 269 words, the
Declaration of Independence
is 1,337 words, and the Holy Bible is only 773,000 [I don't know what
version the author was referring to] words. However, the tax law has
grown from 11,400 words in 1913, to 7 million words today.
There are at least 480 different tax forms, each with many pages of
Even the easiest form, the1040E has 33 pages in 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
Nearly 300,000 trees are cut down yearly to produce the paper for
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 IRS employs 114,000 people; that's twice as many as the CIA and
five times more than the FBI.
60% of taxpayers must hire a professional to get through their own
Taxes eat up 38.2% of the average family's income; that's more than
for food, clothing and shelter combined.