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Albert Einstein once wrote, "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." The product of 95 years worth of additions, subtractions, deductions, and exclusions, it has ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Thorndike ...
Himself - Director, Tax History Project
Charles Rossotti ...
Himself - Former IRS Commissioner
Mike Huckabee ...
Himself - Former Governor of Arkansas
John O. Fox ...
Himself - Professor of Taxation, Mount Holyoke College
John Linder ...
Himself - Representative, Georgia
Kelly Phillips Erb ...
Herself - Tax Attorney & Blogger
Steve Forbes ...
Himself - President & CEO, Forbes
Ron Paul ...
Himself
David M. Walker ...
Himself - Former U.S. Comptroller General
Lee Sheppard ...
Herself - Contributing Editor, Tax Analyst
Leonard Burman ...
Himself - Director, The Tax Policy Center
Steven R. Weisman ...
Himself - Journalist & Author
...
Himself - Professor of Linguistics, MIT
Steven Entin ...
Himself - President, Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation
Daniel Shaviro ...
Himself - Professor of Law, NYU
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Albert Einstein once wrote, "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." The product of 95 years worth of additions, subtractions, deductions, and exclusions, it has become such a headache that many are calling for it to be drastically simplified or even removed all together. With a looming fiscal crisis on the horizon, April 15th seems more like a scene from a B-Horror horror movie than a day to contribute to the common good of the nation. Political favoritism, ineffective social programs, and economic manipulations all reveal the need for tax reform. But how can Americans decide the best way to change the income tax when few people even understand the code or the vast extent to which it truly affects the country? An Inconvenient Tax explores the history of the income tax and brings to light the causes of its many complexities. The film follows the tax through wars, economic booms, and some of the most significant presidencies in U.S. history. To help crack the ... Written by Life Is My Movie Entertainment

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An excellent and timely film
25 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to wonder that the three (counting mine) reviews currently on IMDb are all excellent, while the ratings are so low. Did the people giving rankings actually view the movie? Did they automatically assume that because a (fill-in the blank)-wing person was one of the commentators that the film was automatically to be dismissed. The beauty of this film - apart from the fact that it is well-done, filled with crucial information, creative and funny at times - is that it presents a common theme among people of different political persuasions; something we can all get behind: the grotesquely complex tax code is due to thousands of special tax breaks. The tax code is unfair, intimidating and out-of-date. Personally, I'm glad there is an issue which so many people can get behind. Now, if we just tried to learn more about it - and this film helps - we could, as one commentator said, "Force the hand of the lawmakers". As another commentator said - if we don't pay attention, then the wrong people will, and they'll (they are) make out like "bandits". There really are a few basic principles one can learn that will greatly raise one's level of awareness. A good companion book is one written by one of the commentators, John O. Fox - If Americans Really Understood the Income Tax: Our Most Expensive Ignorance. Very readable, even for someone like me with no background in the area. I learned a great deal and feel much more capable of entering the conversation about tax reform now.


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