More than 46 million Americans -- about 1 in 7 -- relied on food stamps in 2011, the equivalent of the entire populations of Texas and New York. The program consumed 2% of the federal budget, or $78 billion in fiscal 2011.
Going it alone or with an accountant, Americans spend long hours preparing their tax returns. Add them up, in fact, and the total tops 6.1 billion hours annually. Contributing to the challenge: the steady addition of tax code changes -- 4,680 since 2001.
You don’t have to need Social Security benefits to collect them: Every eligible American can collect benefits at retirement, and that includes millionaires. In 2010, 47,535 millionaires received Social Security benefits totaling $1.438 billion.
More than 16 million individuals and businesses owed the IRS $373 billion in unpaid federal taxes in 2011. The IRS uses substantial resources to collect these debts, but admits it can't recover all the money.