72,536: Pages of the US tax code in 2011
Recent debates about fiscal issues bring to light questions about tax policy. Debates over tax policy can quickly become heated, but it does seem clear that long-term structural reform is needed. The US tax code is extremely complicated, clocking in at 72,536 pages in 2011 according to tax information service CCH. That is almost triple the number of pages from 1984, and up about 150-fold from 504 pages in 1939. Not to mention that within the current code there are 173 different tax credits and deductions. In addition, at the end of 2011 the code had more than 100 temporary provisions set to expire within two years. Hoping for significant structural tax reform? Better hope Congress can speed read!
Source: BlackRock, CCH
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