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Why America’s tax system is ‘A Fine Mess’

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Current federal tax forms are distributed at the offices of the Internal Revenue Service November 1, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images

If you’re still scratching your head trying to figure out which tax forms and exemptions to file before April 18, it’s not your fault.

Author T.R. Reid says our U.S. tax system is so complicated that navigating a 1040NR-EZ, or struggling to understand what counts as charitable deductions, leaves Americans both bewildered and stuck in an obscure process subject to misuse.

Reid, a former Washington Post foreign correspondent, compares the tax systems of other countries to our own in a quest to find a structure more “simple, fair and efficient,” all of which can be found in his new book “A Fine Mess” before the big Tuesday.

At a time when the Trump administration is also pushing to reform America’s tax code, host Larry Mantle speaks with Reid about his book and its most prominent findings.


T.R. Reid, longtime Washington Post correspondent and author of numerous books including his latest, “A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System” (Penguin Press 2017)

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