The Tax Code by the Numbers

Sunday, February 8, 2009

No wonder it got a little tricky . . .

Words in the tax code: 3.7 million

Pages of tax laws and regulations: 67,506

Pages in the 1040 instruction book: 161

Number of changes to the tax code in 2008: 500

Percent of taxpayers using paid preparers: 59

Percent of taxpayers using tax software: 16

Percent of IRS answers to phone queries that are correct: 90

Number of official "tax expenditures" or loopholes in the code: 161

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