The fact that many Americans cannot understand why they are paying what they are paying to the government is unacceptable to me. Filing your taxes properly should not be the province of experienced accountants and expensive software (why should I pay more money in order to give the government my money??). Whatever your stance on taxes, high, low, flat, graduated, I think it makes simple sense to all that filing should be two things: simple, and understandable. Most people hate paying taxes in the first place. Why make it worse by making the process painful beyond reason?