Congresswoman: Tax Code 4 Times Longer Than the Bible

By Elizabeth Harrington | April 12, 2013 | 11:46am EDT

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) (AP Photo)

( - Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) said the U.S. tax code is now four times longer than the Bible. She spoke Friday at a “Countdown to Tax Day” press conference organized by Americans for Tax Reform.

“I want to point out that the tax code is four times more than our Bible. And if you look at it, not only is this impossible in terms of the size of it, but look at the fine print. It’s impossible, almost, to read,” Foxx said.

It’s not just the number of pages, she said. Given the fine print on those pages, “it belies the real heft of what we’re dealing with here.”

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax code is 3.8 million words long, and there are around 774,746 words in the Bible, depending on what version is counted.  That makes the tax code about 4.9 times longer than the Bible, based on word count.

In pages, however, the tax code is 57.7 times longer than the Bible.  There are 73,954 pages in the tax code, while only 1,281 pages in the Bible (again, depending on the version).

As the April 15 deadline approaches for filing federal tax returns, Rep. Foxx said it takes a minimum of 13 hours for the average person to fill out their taxes.  Sixty percent of Americans pay someone else to do their taxes, she said, because the job is “so onerous.”

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