Now that I have returned home after a long stretch of work, a glance at my calendar tells me that my tax Declaration is (over-)due. There it goes, my relaxed weekend with mulled wine and christmas cookies; instead we wade through receipts and – needless to say – an avalanche of tax forms. And at the end of the day: the exercise costs me an arm and a leg. In other words, Uncle Sam reaches deep into my pocket! But why why why does it all have to be so complicated? I believe the problem is universal – German tax forms are a pest, however I recently saw an American form which was as incomprehensible as its German equivalent!