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US tax code longer than Bible — without good news

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The days of most taxpayers sitting down with a pencil and a calculator to figure out their taxes are long gone. Almost 60 percent of filers will pay someone to prepare their tax returns this spring. An additional 30 percent will use commercial software.

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Too intimidated to fill out your tax return without help? Join the club. At nearly 4 million words, the U.S. tax law is so thick and complicated that businesses and individuals spend more than 6 billion hours a year complying with filing requirements, according to a report Wednesday by an independent government watchdog.
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