What are the health consequences of the tax season burden on American taxpayers?
An interesting spin on taxes and stress by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger. Excerpted from naturalnews.com
Preparing your taxes is stressful for lots of reasons. First, there’s just the time and frustration in trying to track down receipts, fill out the forms and even translate instructions into plain English. Nobody in their right mind enjoys this job, and it takes a toll on human physiology. Stress causes immune suppression, for one thing. Adrenal depletion can result in hormonal disorders, sleep disorders and even an increased risk of heart attacks.
But that’s just the beginning of the story. The greater cost in tax code compliance may come from the fear factor.
The U.S. tax code, you see, is enforced in large part by fear: Fear of an audit, fear of arrest, fear of making an honest mistake that gets you into trouble. Even when you make a full-on attempt to prepare your taxes as honestly and accurately as you can, it’s a well-known fact that no two accountants will ever arrive at the same dollar figure that you owe. So how can there be a “right” answer on your taxes? And if nobody is right, then everybody must be wrong… right? And being wrong can get you into trouble. So this fear of making a mistake takes another huge toll on your physiology.
To my knowledge, no one has made any scientific attempt to calculate the health costs of tax code compliance. But it’s not difficult to imagine that the additional stress and fear that is placed upon every American by the IRS must have some sort of measurable cost in terms of additional health care expenses. Those health care expenses, ironically, are often paid for by taxpayers.