Theresa O’Connor

The complexity of tax preparation

Linkified text of an email I sent to Marketplace on Thursday.

In today's afternoon segment about tax preparation services, you discussed a test in which investigators tried 19 different tax preparation services and found that all committed at least one error.

Instead of attributing this to the lack of licensing or certification of tax preparation workers, perhaps we should consider the real culprit: the complexity of our tax code.

Were paying taxes as simple as paying a utility bill, we would hardly need to impose any sort of market-entry-limiting certification or licensing scheme on those in this line of work.