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Taxes, a love story

How (and why) to fix a dysfunctional American relationship

Few rituals in American life are as widely dreaded as the annual root canal known as tax season. Whether we grumble a bit the night before the filing deadline, or rage for weeks about the arrogance of the IRS, complaining about taxes is as much a springtime tradition as paying them.

What if it didn’t have to be this way? According to a group of tax scholars, it doesn’t. With a little nudging, they say, Americans could just as easily be taking pleasure—or at least pride—in paying our share. And the government ought to be trying to help get us there.

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