Tax season is over, both for the US and for Sweden. I filed taxes in both countries.US tax return
: took me 6 hours, paid $114.98 for software to help me.Swedish tax return
: took me 2 minutes, filed it for free using my smartphone.
How come Swedish taxes are so much easier? They send you a pre-filled form with all your data. If you agree, you simply say Yes and you're done. If you don't agree, you cross out the pre-filled number and enter the correct number.
Could this be done in the US as well? Yes, employers and banks already send your income data to the IRS. And 90,000 Californians use simplified filing every year for their state tax returns, proving it can be done. Both Reagan and Obama have pushed for simplified federal tax returns, but both have been defeated by lobbyists paid by Intuit and H&R Block, the two largest US tax preparation companies.http://www.propublica.org/article/how-the-maker-of-turbotax-fought-free-simple-tax-filing