Info

Adam Ruins Everything

First, on the Adam Ruins Everything TV show, Adam Conover broke down widespread misconceptions about everything we take for granted. Now, join Adam as he sits down with the experts and stars from the show to go into even more detail.
RSS Feed
Adam Ruins Everything
2019
July
May


2017
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May


2015
March


All Episodes
Archives
Now displaying: Page 1
Nov 15, 2017
We all know how filing taxes is a pain. Every April Americans dig through receipts, meet with accountants, claim their expenses, and pray they're not audited. It takes a significant amount of time and energy, and frankly, it doesn’t make that much sense that we have to calculate what we owe the government.
 
But our guest, Jessica Huseman, who appeared on Adam Ruins the Economy, tells us taxes doesn't have to be so hard. In many other countries around the world, citizens file their taxes through a system called return-free filing. That means instead of citizens calculating what they owe the government, the government will calculate their taxes and essentially send them the bill. Unfortunately, the tax companies like H&R Block and TurboTax prefer the status quo because that means more business for them; they've actually very successfully lobbied the government to keep this system in place.
 
Jessica is a reporter with ProPublica and helped break this story for the organization earlier this year.
 

Adam is on Twitter @AdamConover and you can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at AdamRuinsEverything.com.

Produced by Shara Morris for MaximumFun.org.

1 Comments
  • over a year ago
    Four
    I've just listened to this podcast and this really resonated with me. I was a foreigner living in the states and working and paying taxes is a nightmare to me especially during the year when I moved to New York from Georgia and had a really hard time figuring out my taxes as a foreign alien. I come from Singapore, a small country where I don't have to pay 2 types of taxes, we don't have return free filing based on my understanding of it but it is centralised and income is automatically reported in the your personal IRS account (unless you are a freelancer) and you only need input your deductions. Payment can also be made through an auto bank transfer system.
Adding comments is not available at this time.