Largest Tax Return: Guess Who

Last Updated Aug 27, 2007 9:54 AM EDT

IRS Logo courtesy the Internal Revenue ServiceIf General Electric (GE) had paper-filed the largest tax return in history its contents would have numbered 24,000 pages. Luckily, it chose to eFile and instead opted for a 237 MB file routed to the IRS via the Internet. According to Boise Cascade, illustrious purveyors of paper, 24,000 pages equates to about 1/4 of a cord of wood -- 'twould have nearly been a tree!

Last year, the IRS touted the new eFiling system as a great beacon of future tax efficiency. Others posit it merely shows our current code is a veritable Tower of Babel. But the IRS is so confident in the new filing method that it began requiring corporations with assets greater than $50 million to file electronically starting last year.

On a side note, I pondered the possibilities of a block of voting trees. If trees could vote, they'd vote for an overhaul of the tax code. Then again, they'd probably also vote for electronic voting... so I don't know if I'd support allowing trees to vote. I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on voting trees, tax laws, the IRS...