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    We had a nice conversation about Catala four months ago.

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      I’m going to guess it doesn’t work well with common law

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        Why? They do have an example for US Tax Code.

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          I know nothing, but surely the “Tax Code” is codified?

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            To my knowledge, no, it’s not, at least not by a government entity that shares that code, like the IRS really could. An acquaintance of mine is a seasonal contractor for a US tax software company. They are paid handsomely for their intimate knowledge of tax law, their ability to digest changes in tax law in the past year, and their ability to translate those changes into code that powers the business logic of the tax software. They basically work 60-80 hour weeks three to four months per year to get ready for tax season.

            This work is of course not shared between companies. It’d be really great if the IRS simply open-sourced all of its software for public comment, study, improvement, and ease of tax software consumption. It is my understanding that tax software companies have lobbied against such releases or the general simplification of the tax code to the point that the IRS could prepare returns itself and a taxpayer need only sign it.

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          Well, they define it as being for ‘legislative texts’, so perhaps that is not surprising.