Americans Spend 6.1 Billion Hours Filing Taxes

By: Charles House II Email
By: Charles House II Email

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Taxes don't just cost money, they cost a lot of time.

It is estimated that the US spends 6.1 billion hours working on their taxes a year, which comes out to more than 695 thousand years. The estimate includes both businesses and individuals.

It seems that no two people spend the same amount of time filing.

"Yesterday was a marathon day of inputting mileage, tax receipts, and so forth, and so I worked about two hours in the morning on client work and then spent most of the rest of the day on tax returns," said Meghan Williamson of Staunton, who is self-employed.

"I spend all year putting together receipts and keeping track of my taxes, but I think, in terms of actually filing them, it took me about 10 hours," said Ros O'Brien, also self-employed.

"So I started filling that out, I was so confused, literally two hours in, so exhausted, had no idea what I was doing, so I took a nap, I literally gave up and I took a nap," said Catherine Binzer, who found the various forms and her residency in Maryland while attending school and working in Virginia difficult at the last minute. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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