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Subject:  Re: OT: simplifying the tax code, etc. Date:  1/31/2012  2:39 PM
Author:  ptheland Number:  114804 of 127970

The FAFSA is another bit of (government) ridiculousness

You want to talk about simplifying, let's talk FAFSA. It's due at the beginning of February - one day after the deadline to distribute W-2s, and two weeks before 1099s are due. Talk about dumb!!!!

And most schools require one from everyone. Even those who, by their own admission aren't going to qualify for need-based aid.

I can't tell you how many clients I've had over the years who are making $200k and up, with a student starting college, forced to fill out an aid application for aid they'll never get.

Oh - on tax simplification: Tell you want. Volunteer for a tax season with VITA or TCE. Then you'll know where simplification really needs to happen.

--Peter
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