When Did Tax Forms Get So Complicated?

My wife attempted to do the stay-at-home mom thing while she tried to get her sewing/embroidery home business off the ground. But, after a few weeks, realized she missed having a regular paycheck and decided to find a new job.

Finding the job was actually pretty easy. One of her former bosses wanted her to come back to work with her and she was hired on the spot after a required interview. But, I have to tell you, the tax paperwork she had to fill out afterwards was insane.

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Granted, it's been about a decade since I last had to fill out tax forms and I'm sure some things have changed since then. However, I didn't realize they changed this much. Instead of just one form, consisting of a half-sheet of paper (as was the case the last time I had to do it), she had to fill out multiple forms that honestly seemed kind of complicated and, even with the help of Google, I'm still not convinced we filled them out correctly (for example, how can a house with just 4 people add up to 10 deductions, as one of the forms was claiming?).

Fortunately, since it is just a part-time job, I don't think we have to worry about it affecting us too much regardless. But, it does remind me about why I'm a big fan of a much simpler tax system. If you need to be a tax expert to get hired at a part-time job paying a little more than minimum wage, there's a problem.


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