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Will The Simple Return End April 15 Tax Agony?

Publication Date: 
April 15, 2008
The Christian Science Monitor
Ben Arnoldy

Ralph M. Parsons Professor of Law and Business Joseph Bankman is quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story regarding Simple Return, a simpler tax form used in California.

"Think of a tax return like a Visa bill. Visa doesn't send you a blank piece of paper and say, 'Write down all your transactions.' They send you a printout and they say, 'Look it over,' "


"There are lots of countries with an income tax, and lots with basically our system. But we make the filing part harder than any other country."


Bankman says the voluntary system empowers taxpayers by showing them information the government has.