Monday, April 16, 2012

Wabbit Season? Duck Season? No, Tax Season!

Bob Knox's New Yorker cover from 23 years ago captured the spirit of the American tax season and its annual rite of federal tax preparation. It featured the amusing pairing of an abacus with a collage of impenetrable tax forms. Just after this cover appeared, around 1990, electronic filing was introduced. Now nearly 80% of tax returns use IRS e-filing, or almost 100 million last year. The printed 1040 form is no longer mailed to households and is fast becoming obsolete.

Bob Knox, The New Yorker, April 17, 1989


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