The US Tax Code is ridiculously complex and filled with holes and crafty wording that allows interpretations by knowledgeable tax lawyers to dance a circle with IRS employees that would rival any witch-doctors dance.
The Code has grown so large over the years that it has become challenging even to figure out how
long it is. Research of the Code conducted in 2008 turned up 3.7 million words. Previous research in 2005 put the number of words at 2.1 million. Similar research in 2001 published by the Joint Committee on Taxation put the number of words in the Code at that time at 1,395,000.
In 2001 they found that the number of words in the US Tax Code had more than tripled since 1975.
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According to the National Taxpayers Union, the 2014 US Tax Code came in at 3,951,104 words and was printed over 73,954 pages.
In 1913 the 16th Amendment to the Constitution established the government's right to tax income. It stated that "[t]he Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived".
In 1913 the code was 400 pages long.
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