The Real Reason Taxes Suck (And Why They Don't Have To) | Adam Ruins Everything

  • Published on Oct 18, 2017
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  • Darla Shaw
    Darla Shaw 12 hours ago

    FYI there is currently a Bill (as of June 2019) in congress being sponsored by Republicans to make tax-free filing from the IRS illegal. Which means free filing through the IRS will no longer be possible and you will HAVE to go through a software like H&R Block or TurboTax. Just letting you know this is only getting worse. Might want to call/email your congressman and tell them to stop voting in line with the bribes they're taking.

  • James VerHulst
    James VerHulst Day ago

    "Tear down this wall...of Paperwork."

  • Cabal Paxiarch
    Cabal Paxiarch 4 days ago

    Actually, if the government did the math and you just checked them, it would be a procedural nightmare to prove they did anything wrong. Whereas if they get to tell you that YOUR math is wrong, you can just swallow it and move on with your life.

  • Micah Lift
    Micah Lift 6 days ago

    Oh no Adams now a guy who doesn’t believe in the government

  • Natsu Dragnell
    Natsu Dragnell 8 days ago

    This is why I'm a libertarian

  • alex goodbear
    alex goodbear 11 days ago

    There has to be some thing we can do about this

  • Jessica Knauss
    Jessica Knauss 13 days ago

    I'm American and filed in Spain for the first time this year. It consisted of a five-minute phone conversation in which they asked me if their figures were correct, I confirmed, I asked a question, and they answered it satisfactorily. It was one of the most civilized moments of my life. Please do this in the USA!!!

  • lulu magic
    lulu magic 14 days ago +1

    Every episode involve the American government: government:”I think we should make it fair and easy for everyone” someone else: “I’ll pay you $$$$$$ if you make it so I get rich” government:”never mind!”

  • WBM
    WBM 16 days ago

    Lobbying sounds like bribing

  • Joshua Plotkin
    Joshua Plotkin 17 days ago

    reagan was in favor of more government involvement? really?

  • Snackasmversion2
    Snackasmversion2 18 days ago

    Adam Ruins Everything is pretty much the adult version of the Magic School Bus.

  • Fekin Uhhh
    Fekin Uhhh 18 days ago

    “TaXaTiOn Is ThEfT”
    - Dickheads

  • Zack Nunez
    Zack Nunez 20 days ago

    Communist Adam?

  • Alexander S.
    Alexander S. 20 days ago

    Question, does Canada have Return Free Filing?

  • Aeternitatem
    Aeternitatem 22 days ago

    It also sucks because taxation is theft.

  • Siiseli /STFU/
    Siiseli /STFU/ 22 days ago

    6666'th comment

  • Mineaxes
    Mineaxes 23 days ago

    I read the title as "Adam Ruins Texas". I was dissapointed I didn't see James Harden and Chris Paul

  • Tiger Queen
    Tiger Queen 23 days ago +3

    Okay Im moving to Canada thx

  • L Farang Poo Chai Ting Tong Layo!

    So Americans actually need TO PAY to pay taxes? What? Doesn't your tax just get deducted from your gross salary as PAYE and PRSI?

  • Jailee Studio
    Jailee Studio 27 days ago

    Just make them spend money to do their taxes but cheaper so in that case win win

  • Alejandro Barreto
    Alejandro Barreto 27 days ago

    2:13 uncle sam’s Voice sounds like George bush jr’s.

  • Mathu
    Mathu Month ago

    Well, if they check if your taxes are done right and know if you lie on your real income to evade taxes, they know everything, why are they asking us? government's so dumb...

  • Michael West
    Michael West Month ago

    Ok but taxation is still theft

  • Adam Selvig
    Adam Selvig Month ago

    Why must our government screw us over

  • Yoyle 0340
    Yoyle 0340 Month ago

    Rest of the world: *insert 50s laughs*

  • blake ryder
    blake ryder Month ago

    they could do that but some humans are greedy.

  • John Doe
    John Doe Month ago

    Is Adam telling the truth?

  • Peanut King12
    Peanut King12 Month ago

    In my country we have GST so I don't have to check it at all!

  • Annie Oakley
    Annie Oakley 2 months ago

    Flat tax or keep destroying federal property.

  • Meat Oclock
    Meat Oclock 2 months ago

    Okay but you need to focus on the politicians, not the businesses. Businesses will do what they can to make money, but if politicians didn't accept their bribe money it would stop in its tracks. The businesses are corrupt in some of their practices, but the buck stops at the officials allowing it.

  • Electro Squid
    Electro Squid 2 months ago +2

    Flat income tax wpuld solve this

    • CWCVilleRebellion Official
      CWCVilleRebellion Official 2 days ago

      No no no, You have it all wrong, I do like the free market as in people trading for what they want & rewarding hard work, I just feel that many people are constantly suffering because of the heavy profit incentive of the bosses of these big mega corporations, true evils such as the exploiting the third world, pandering to minority groups they do not really care for, EA, The Emoji Movie, The 999$ stand of apple & how many people get screwed over by the actions of a few for themselves rather by the people & for the people. I also think that capitalism is misguided but that it can work better for world if the workers, not just the bosses, democratically own their workplaces.

    • Electro Squid
      Electro Squid 3 days ago

      @CWCVilleRebellion Official So, Syndicalism basically. In Sweden, where i am from, Its the "Greedy corporations" That pay for our generous welfare state. In a syndicalist or socialist society there would be no way to pay for the welfare. If you want to own your own labour, then use your salary to buy stock in the company that you work for.

    • CWCVilleRebellion Official
      CWCVilleRebellion Official 7 days ago

      But even better is to stop these corrupt corporations entirely by making sure the workers own the means of production democratically, Not like the Ussr, but a libertarian socialist nation

  • Appleman
    Appleman 2 months ago

    Who is watching this after reading twitter that the house passed a bill preventing irs from providing free tax filing services?

  • Ridiculed Victor
    Ridiculed Victor 2 months ago

    So I pay them money to do their work for them... *Sounds like a great fucking system HAHAHAHAHA*

  • Ameya S
    Ameya S 2 months ago

    And Republicans want to simplify tax returns by removing tax brackets and giving massive tax cuts to the rich!!!

  • plague plays games
    plague plays games 2 months ago

    0:17 that bit made me laugh

  • user
    user 2 months ago


  • Paweł Bystrzejewski
    Paweł Bystrzejewski 2 months ago

    Government in Poland has introduced it this year:)

  • Arttective
    Arttective 2 months ago +3

    More than half of these videos explain how dumb some of the processes in America are. How the heck are they even a superpower?

  • Miguel Sanchez
    Miguel Sanchez 2 months ago

    How comes *every 2nd video is about CORRUPTION IN AMERICA* ... nice

  • Natalie Lucero
    Natalie Lucero 2 months ago +3

    I'm Swedish and I just used my free tax-app to check that everything looked fine, signed it with my online ID and did it while peeing.

  • Abdulah S. AlAsiri
    Abdulah S. AlAsiri 2 months ago

    I love my Kingdom of Saudi Arabia so very much!! No income taxes and no filing whatsoever!

  • M
    M 2 months ago

    I filed my taxes for 2017 and 2018 for the Netherlands through the Dutch online tax system this morning. Took me 6 minutes in total, quite literally. For my US taxes, I have been reading, emailing, and calling for 2 weeks without any result. Spent at least 5 hours on it today, but still no clarity on how to file form 8843 with form 1040NR-EZ without forms 1042-S or W-2, and a W-8BEN form I don't know where to send. And that's just federal taxes, I haven't even started my state tax forms.

  • Noah Montes
    Noah Montes 2 months ago +1


  • Arab Katib
    Arab Katib 2 months ago

    I bet that if you dive into it and examine those who prevent the bill of Return Free Filing from passing in congress are actually Jews. :^)0-
    Classic. :-)0-

  • Antony Stark
    Antony Stark 2 months ago

    Waiting for the right wing to scream : SOCIALISM ! 😱

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 2 months ago

    wait what if thats the same reason filing taxes in canada is so complicated too?

  • Libertopa EurekanAnarch

    Why taxes suck
    Because they're backed up by the threat of being kidnapped caged and brutalized by state thugs!

  • CatFanPerson 123
    CatFanPerson 123 2 months ago

    Tax*es* a_re_ -tr-ash

  • Sasha Caine
    Sasha Caine 3 months ago

    I remember I used to be worried about doing my taxes but then found it gets done for you already unless you’re like a head of company or something in St Vincent

  • Ashley bundy
    Ashley bundy 3 months ago

    I do my taxes online for free.

  • Fake Movies Real Trailers

    Crony capitalism at its finest.

  • Reinexa Gaming
    Reinexa Gaming 3 months ago

    I suddenly feel much better not being in America. No offense, my young brain just dont get taxes at all.

  • Karen Richards
    Karen Richards 3 months ago

    A great deal of your tax return depends upon how many children you have (or can claim). With divorces, split ups, and kids maybe living with grandparents, it's not likely that the government would allocate the correct child to the correct taxpayer without you answering more questions. The rules can be complex, but for a reason.

  • RobertJohn
    RobertJohn 3 months ago

    Adam you must stop these videos, AMERICA is the greatest nation on earth, Now all you dodgy migrants continue to go/flood the US of A, only!!!!!!! They are the "only" LAND OF THE FREE, all our other nations will disappoint you, USA USA USA.

  • YO tEnGo
    YO tEnGo 3 months ago

    I thought it said
    Why Texas sucks..

    • Killer Kirby
      Killer Kirby 20 days ago

      YO tEnGo
      hey Patrick what am I
      Uhm stupid
      No I'm Texas
      What's the difference

  • michaelisdaking
    michaelisdaking 3 months ago

    HandR block advertise on a show that exposes them

  • Darkstalker
    Darkstalker 3 months ago

    Capitalism at its finest.

  • Darkstalker
    Darkstalker 3 months ago

    Yo back in the Dragon age the NightWings just told you your amount on a letter & if you didn't pay well they... Never mind it's not that important.

  • Broadz
    Broadz 3 months ago +5

    U.S : **makes own money**
    Companies : **gives U.S money**
    U.S : This will convince us not to make taxes less painful

  • Michael Bellone
    Michael Bellone 3 months ago

    If taxes were really just a bill from the government, then they would bill you for what you use, not what you make.

  • ItzComicArmy
    ItzComicArmy 3 months ago

    Taxation is theft.

  • GDD316
    GDD316 3 months ago

    3:13 who's in the back window?

  • Austin Veta
    Austin Veta 3 months ago

    Love this show but it makes me hate to be alive

  • mi bar
    mi bar 3 months ago

    Lol i red Texas

  • Professor Moola Gaming
    Professor Moola Gaming 3 months ago +1

    Conservatives used to want to push for a tax program where you only needed one stamp for your taxes (one envolope). Instead it takes multiple days to do taxes and if you lose one paper from 1990 you’re screwed

  • TheXavCrafter
    TheXavCrafter 3 months ago

    Yes! Texas suck

  • Lil Ali
    Lil Ali 3 months ago

    Can’t ruin what’s already ruined lol

  • Jackson Brown
    Jackson Brown 3 months ago

    1:42 "Tear down this wall. Of paperwork"

  • Hellish Fatman
    Hellish Fatman 4 months ago

    More people should see this shit

  • Rhett Shanley
    Rhett Shanley 4 months ago

    With out taxes we wouldn’t have a military and economy

    • Oscar Ricard
      Oscar Ricard 4 months ago

      That's not what the video is about it's about how the government could do your taxes for you. But, lobyists give them money to not have the government do it.

  • Solomon Tsai
    Solomon Tsai 4 months ago

    In hong kong the gov just tells us how much we gonna pay

  • Scary Hat
    Scary Hat 4 months ago

    Darn large corporates

  • Common Skrublord
    Common Skrublord 4 months ago

    Bruh just dodge them

  • Loosecat 56
    Loosecat 56 4 months ago

    Turbotax is so annoying.

  • Archlight
    Archlight 4 months ago

    It always makes me laugh when one of those “america is the greatest country in the world” morons starts having a go. They dont realise that they have increasing poverty, are the second leading in both obesity and child mortality, an incredibly broken economy that benefits the rich leaving the poor to die, just like their healthcare system or lack there of. Not to mention a ridiculous amount of school shootings a year, so many that to the point they dont even all get news coverage. You know how many there are in england a year? 0-1. Backwards ass country. I feel so sorry for the people of america that know this and hate it.

  • Solaris -
    Solaris - 4 months ago

    That is why in New Zealand, we have gst. It is much better

  • Skitius
    Skitius 4 months ago

    But Why SHOULD the government do it for us? Having them do it will just increase the tax we already pay. Since they will need more tax money to do taxes.
    Though, I agree on how convenient it would be.

  • Trackle
    Trackle 4 months ago +2

    **Laughs in foreign**

  • Ratboy
    Ratboy 4 months ago

    Saying that Adam "ruins" taxes insinuates that at some point they were good

  • Sade
    Sade 4 months ago

    Turns out, I've been paying to file my taxes for 3 straight years for no reason. Glad I watched this before filing this year

  • Flo
    Flo 4 months ago

    Adam is theft.

  • Mr. Skellyton
    Mr. Skellyton 4 months ago


  • Ichijo Festival
    Ichijo Festival 4 months ago +1

    Video goes over why Return Free Filing has been shot down so many times.
    Commenters lambaste "the government" for "theft."
    You *are* being robbed, dipshits, and the thieves are at your back, pointing their fingers right with you while their other hand rifles through your pockets.

  • B A
    B A 4 months ago

    Thank God it applies to taxes only and nothing else

  • Aaron Yeung
    Aaron Yeung 4 months ago

    It’s just for the wall

  • Worst Waifu
    Worst Waifu 4 months ago

    This is the same in Canada. I didn't realize this was the reason we have to fill out all those annoying forms.

  • Jlfreedom
    Jlfreedom 4 months ago

    Those sons of bitches!

  • FBI Undercover Loli
    FBI Undercover Loli 4 months ago

    Because. We pay more in our food

  • Jason Shreiner
    Jason Shreiner 4 months ago


  • Homer's Iliad
    Homer's Iliad 4 months ago

    You get it, fat dude.

  • Serx Playz
    Serx Playz 4 months ago +1

    was that one guy sargent Johnson from halo

  • ma bob191
    ma bob191 4 months ago

    Read it as Texas rather than Taxes at first. Woops

  • Alba G
    Alba G 4 months ago +1

    Don't you hate when your pads get stick to your vagina hair?

  • Unknown Unknown
    Unknown Unknown 4 months ago


  • krishnaa balaji
    krishnaa balaji 4 months ago

    anyone else loves uncle sam?

  • Cake Monster
    Cake Monster 4 months ago

    "What's the price of this milk?"
    "It's a surprise!!"

  • Gabe knotts
    Gabe knotts 4 months ago

    IRS stands for I really stupid

  • The Mythical Fire Chicken

    Does IRS stand for "In Real ****"

  • Brookie Bookie
    Brookie Bookie 4 months ago +1

    Capitalism. So great :D


    I did my taxes for free through turbotax and then they wanted me to pay them to look at my previous tax return. Like are you fucking serious?