Still rifling through a pile of 2018 receipts? Welcome to America’s annual financial headache. It’s Tax Day, April 15 — and the Internal Revenue Service’s patience has just run out.
Unless you’re due for a hefty refund (or working as a highly-paid accountant), Tax Day doesn’t usually spark much joy. This year’s Form 1040 appears shorter, but filing taxes remains way too complicated for most Americans to do alone.
It wasn’t always this way.
The IRS didn’t appear on the scene until 1862. That’s when the federal government began “to assess, levy, and collect taxes through its power to seize property and income.”
Still struggling? You can always look into filing an extension to get some extra time.