The high cost of doing nothing
Last week witnessed some pretty important dates for Iowa taxpayers. Clearly, the most obvious date was April 15, the deadline for all taxpayers to file their federal tax returns.
Just a few days later, April 18, marked an occasion known as “Tax Freedom Day.” Tax Freedom Day is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year. Tax Freedom Day provides Americans with an easy way to gauge the overall tax burden that we share.
Essentially, the nation’s total tax collections are divided by the nation’s total income. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, every dollar that is officially called income by the government is counted, and every payment that is officially considered a tax is counted. The resulting percentage is then converted into days based on a 365-day calendar year.
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