The United States Tax Code

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According to Miriam-Webster, the word “code” (2015) is defined as: 1) A systematic statement of a body of law. 2) A system of principles or rules. 3) A system of signals or symbols for communication. 4) A system of symbols such as letters for numbers used to represent assigned and often secret meanings. When the United States Tax Code is reviewed, this definition is accurate in each of the four definition categories. It definitely is a systematic, albeit overly burdensome statement of a body of law. It is without a doubt a system of principles of rules and it does have signals or symbols for communication such as: Title (number), Subtitle (letter), Chapter (number) Subchapter (letter), Part (Roman numeral), a multitude of §§ (numbers) (Legal, 2015). To many taxpayers definition four may also relate to the Tax Code because it can appear to hold secret meanings because comprehension is difficult. In fact, according to the Taxpayer Advocate Service (2012) report to Congress, the most serious problems taxpayers must endure in relation of the Tax Code are that it: a) makes compliance difficult and requires an inordinate amount of time preparing their returns for filing; b) burdens the majority of taxpayers with an expense for compliance through the need to hire professional preparers or for specialized tax preparation software; c) Shrouds comprehension so that taxpayers are uncertain how their taxes are calculated and what their tax rate is; d) Fosters
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