TAXES: On the Mark, Get Set, Calculate

Income tax time is not merely rolling around again this year. It is crashing into the consciousness of roughly 85 million U.S. taxpayers, who have four weeks to meet the April 15 filing deadline. Form 1040 is more complicated than ever, asks more seemingly unanswerable questions, and requires more aspirin and mental ability to complete. Even Form 1040A, the short version for taxpayers who do not itemize deductions, is trickier than before. Beams Harry Friedenberg, owner of H & R Tax Service in Los Angeles: "Congress in its infinite wisdom simplified the tax...

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