April 15 is a day that most Americans dread. That date is, of course, when federal and nearly all state-level individual income tax returns are due. Agonizing over the filing of income tax returns has long been a perennial part of modern American legal culture. Since the mid-1940s, when the United States first adopted a return-based mass income tax, the vast majority of Americans have been legally required to file an annual Form 1040. Over the years, taxpayers have been complaining about, procrastinating over, and generally loathing the filing of their annual tax returns. Indeed, in recent times, April 15 has even become a day for political protests—an opportunity for some activists, like those in the Tea Party movement, to rail against what they believe to be “excessive taxation and government spending.”
Ajay K. Mehrotra,
Reviving Fiscal Citizenship,
Mich. L. Rev.
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