Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have introduced legislation that would, if passed, simplify tax returns. But the bill will hardly accomplish this:
In Sweden, the four-page tax form comes in the mail already filled out. On a Saturday morning, Betty and I take our coffee to the couch and review the forms. Seeing they look reasonable, as they always do, we “sign” with a text from our phones. In 15 minutes we are done. We don’t have to hire a tax consultant, and we avoid fights about whether a print cartridge bought at the drugstore is a business expense or not.
The quote comes from Tom Heberlein, a retired professor who, with his wife, splits his time between Sweden and Wisconsin. I wrote about his dual perspectives here.