This following is all true and offered in the spirit of Mark Twain who said, "The only difference between a taxman and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin."
-An Iowa man claimed a $240,000 tax refund for all his previous payments to the IRS claiming that the US was a fictional entity and could not hold jurisdiction over him because he was a citizen of heaven.
-The number of times around the earth all the pages of tax forms and instructions filed each year by American tax payers if laid end to end-- 60.
-The owner of a Pittsburgh furniture store attempted to deduct $10,000 from his taxes as a "consulting fee" after paying an arsonist to burn down his building so he could collect the insurance money.
-1817-1861: The years in which the federal government collected no income taxes. I say bring back the good ole' days!
-1916 was the year that the IRS deleted the word "lawful" before the word "income" thus making it possible to tax money earned illegally.
-In 1970 the poverty level income for a family of four was $3,932 on which they paid $146 in taxes. In 2006, the poverty level income for a family of four was $20,444 on which they paid $5,142.
-There are 9,097,000 words (give or take a few) in the current tax code, an increase of 652% since 1955.
-The average American tax payer works 120 days to pay his or her income tax.
-In 2008 there were 351,191,000 visits to the IRS website. That was an increase of 61% from 2007.
-April 16 is unofficially called "Divorce Day" as there is a sharp increase in filings for separation after spouses considering leaving have access to the new financial information.
I believe it is appropriate to end this post with the words of Will Rogers: "The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets."