Column: Does Tax Day really have to be so painful?

Americans don’t dread April 15 because we resist the idea of paying our fair share. Rather, those I talk to — even those of us who think tax rates should be kept as low as possible — recognize that each of us has a patriotic duty to ensure that essential functions of government are properly funded.

Still, Tax Day makes us cringe because the process of preparing and filing taxes is confusing, frustrating and overly burdensome. The whole exercise can seem pretty darned unfair.

One might say that our federal tax code leaves taxpayers feeling either like a crook or a sucker.

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