At the risk of seeming New York-centric, I believe people here tend to be more culturally-diverse and more engaged in what goes on around them than people in most other places, so our conversations tend to be more interesting -- and often more unguarded.
People everywhere hate taxes. What makes the United States distinctive, I think, is our insistence on collecting so much of our tax revenue in a distinctly unpleasant way. No stealthy value-added taxes for us! We're going to do it the hard way.
The U.S. health care system is about to collide with the U.S. tax system, so it's no surprise Americans are wondering what that will mean for their health care, their taxes, and most important, for themselves and their families.
As W-2s begin arriving in mailboxes around the country, American consumers' thoughts turn to taxes. It's no wonder. It's estimated that taxpayers spend more than 3.5 billion hours and almost $30 billion annually to comply with Uncle Sam.