Help Simplify the Tax Code Help Simplify the Tax Code Tax policy impacts us every day. From where we live, to the things we buy, and how we plan for our futures, the taxes we pay influence it all. That is where the Tax Foundation makes a difference. The full cost of a tax system is more than simply the amount of taxes paid. It also includes the cost of tax planning and paperwork. The IRS estimates Americans spend 6.6 billion hours per year filling out tax forms—including 1.6 billion hours on the 1040 form alone. Your support today ensures that we can continue educating elected officials and all taxpayers about the need for a simpler, fairer tax code.