Taxes: Enter Balance Due Here

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The late great Albert Einstein once admitted that figuring out his U.S. income tax was beyond him—he had to go to a tax consultant. "This is too difficult for a mathematician," said Einstein. "It takes a philosopher."

Most U.S. taxpayers, being neither mathematicians nor philosophers, are baffled, too. by the intricacies of the income tax. Unless they take the straight and narrow path of the short form and the standard deduction, even conscientious taxpayers can never be really sure when they send off their returns whether they cheated themselves or their Government. A philosopher fares no better than an Einstein....

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