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The average American takes 13 hours to file taxes

Craig Baldwin holds a sign advertising a tax preparation office for people that still need help completing their taxes before the Internal Revenue Service deadline.

This final note on tax day. A statement from Rep. Dave Camp, Republican of Michigan.

"It takes the average American taxpayer," Camp said, "13 hours to comply with the tax code, gathering receipts, reading the rules, and filling out forms the IRS requires. The tax code forces Americans to spend over $168 billion to comply and six billion hours."

The Washington Post did some fact-checking...turns out, Representative Camp is pretty much right on the money.

Which you kinda knew it your gut, didn't you?

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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