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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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A Good Look At Taxes
30 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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 altogether.

The first interesting thing this documentary claimed was that the Boston Tea Party was not a revolt against taxes but actually tax loopholes. I had never heard that, and if true, changes the way I look at this piece of history.

What is great about tax reform is that you have people on the left (Noam Chomsky) and the right (Ron Paul, Herman Cain) who agree it should be done. Of course, few people agree how it should be done, but we know it is too complicated, their are too many loopholes. The details are the problem.

I like how it showed that people in the early days of taxes (after 1913) saw paying taxes as a sign of success and patriotism. If this was accurate, that is interesting.


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