- "67,204-page code confounds taxpayers, yet Congress sits by"
This year, individuals and companies will spend about $300 billion, according to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, on tax preparation costs. To put that in perspective, that is a 20% levy on top of the $1.5 trillion they will actually pay in taxes.
Some 60% of filers — including IRS Commissioner Mark Everson — will pay a professional to do their taxes for them. Everson, who spoke with USA TODAY's editorial board Tuesday, said: "I don't want to get a letter from the IRS saying I made a mistake."
"Personal data at risk in lost IRS laptops"
At least 490 IRS computers have been stolen or lost since 2003 in security breaches that potentially jeopardized the personal information of more than 2,000 taxpayers, a government audit reported Wednesday.