Its INCOME TAX TIME in the USA. Which country has the most complicated Income Tax System? How can you measure the complexity of an Income Tax System? SomeMessage 1 of 1 , Apr 15, 2008View SourceIts INCOME TAX TIME in the USA. Which country has the most complicated Income Tax System? How can you measure the complexity of an Income Tax System? Some factors:
- The number of pages in the tax code.
- The length of the form you hand in.
- The percent of tax payers who hire someone to do their taxes for them. (This may also be affected by the computer literacy of the country.)
- The number of changes in the tax law from year to year.
- The minimum amount you have to declare. (Do I need to declare my 25 cents that I won from Justin, my 8 year old great nephew, on a math game? Can he use the -25 cents as a deduction? He can use it to offset gambling gains.
- The number of items you can deduct.
There is a problem with all of these measures. What if the tax code is 100,000 pages long but 99.9% of the people only need the first page? One solution is to do some sort of weighted sum.
Deciding whether a tax system is complicated is a hard problem; however, deciding if its fair is a much harder problem.
Posted By GASARCH to Computational Complexity at 4/15/2008 09:30:00 AM