If you haven’t crunched enough numbers in the run-up to the April 15 tax deadline, here’s one more: 74,608.
That’s the number of pages in the federal tax code, according to Wolters Kluwer, CCH, an Illinois-based provider of tax, accounting and audit information that has analyzed the law for more than a century.
The initial tax code, in 1913, was a modest 400 pages. Most of its growth — from 26,300 pages in 1984 to its present size — has occurred in the past 30 years. From 2010, when Obamacare was passed, to 2014, the code swelled by nearly 3,000 pages.
If it continues to grow at the same pace, it is expected to top 100,000 pages in 2050.