The federal gas tax hasn’t changed in 20 years, effectively reducing road repair revenue by 35 percent.
The gap between federal taxes owed and taxes paid stood at $400 billion in 2012. About 15 percent of taxpayers failed to pay.
More than 16 million individuals and businesses owed the IRS $373 billion in unpaid federal taxes in 2011.
Americans and the tax experts they hire spend 6.1 billion hours a year trying to pay what’s owed. Compliance is a 3 million-worker industry.
More than a million tax preparers now make their living navigating a complex U.S. tax code.
State governments made $17.7 billion from official lotteries in 2010. Casinos and race tracks brought in billions more.
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