The Declaration of Independence contains 1,337 words.
The Gettysburg Address was 269 words.
The King James translation of the Bible contains roughly 773,000 words.
Compare that to the Federal Tax Code, which last year exceeded 8 million words in length.
Every year the IRS sends out 8 billion pages of forms and instructions, killing more than 100,000 trees.
There are now more than 600 different tax forms.
Even the 1040 EZ "simple" form comes with 33 pages of instructions.
It is estimated that taxpayers spend $200 billion and 5.4 billion hours each year complying with Federal tax laws and completing their tax returns.
The IRS employees 114,000 people, four times as many as the FBI.
The average two-income family pays 39% of their earnings to the government in Federal, State, and local taxes.
The annual tax burden consumes every dime Americans earn from January 1 until April 13.