America is a nation of people who are equal before the law; and to abide by that principle all laws should apply to everyone. Therefore, the tax laws should be simplified for EVERYONE!
The U.S tax code and its 13,458 pages in total is a rigorous joke. Anyone wanting to learn about the various taxes would certainly get an eye-full and a headache having to read all twenty volumes of it.
The system is a complicated composite of various taxes, including payroll taxes, property taxes, and sales tax. To add to the complex situation there are federal taxes, state taxes, and local taxes.
So many deductions, exclusions, restrictions, and allowances have made taxes hard for the average person to understand. For each set of taxes and depending on certain jurisdictions, the rates vary widely. State rules for determining taxable income often differ from federal rules.
In addition, there may be other various fees associated with paying taxes such as a late-filing fee.
The legal jargon of the tax code makes it extremely difficult to understand, and many people paying taxes do not even know what amount of taxes they are paying and for what. A simplified tax code, without all of its hidden rules and regulations, would be easier for EVERYONE to understand.
While taxes are a necessary evil, and people hate paying them, it gets even more annoying and frustrating when the system is so long and hard to interpret. Explained in a simple fashion, without all the jargon of non-standard speech, and without its horrendously multiple pages and numerous forms it certainly would help present a true picture of what it all means.
Not only are the laws and codes confusing and complicated, they change all the time, which it makes it even worse. The Federal income tax grants exemptions to religious, charitable, educational, and scientific organizations and there are certain requirements met to match each. All governments within the United States provide tax exemptions for some income, property, or persons, and this of course only adds to the burden. A tax accountant or a program is usually needed to wade through all the necessary cuts and exemptions from the federal level to the state and local levels.
Suppose there is a tax break given; it may take 20 pages to summarize it, and another 20 pages to state who would be eligible for it, and under what conditions they need in order to receive it. More aggravating than this example, is that this particular tax break may apply, in the end, only to 100 people of the entire population. That is why the tax code and laws are so huge in volume.
Rich or poor, there should be a fair, levied tax for everyone, and the tax code and laws need to be simplified, all 13,458 pages of it!