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August 9, 2005

Tax code is insane

I've been looking at doing the startup thing for a while, and finding the requisite information from the state and the city has been easy as pie. The State of Arizona even has an easy-to-read "magazine" for entrepreneurs that pretty much goes through the process soup-to-nuts, including what kind of entity to incorporate as.

State, city: Love ya. Thanks for the help.

Federal: Holy friggin' crap. I'm not sure it could get any more convoluted. To their credit, the IRS tries to be helpful. Unfortunately, the United States tax code is such a rambling mess that even simple questions require reading numerous articles at the IRS site. And not everything referenced in those articles is linked (though most of it is), so part of the reading process is interrupted with the occasional use of the IRS search box.

After getting anywhere near Federal tax requirements, it's obvious why you don't see tax lawyers and CPAs crowding the line at the unemployment office. Sheesh.

Posted by Colin at August 9, 2005 11:08 PM

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