The deadline for Americans abroad to file their taxes was June 15th. Lisa Pollack, FT columnist and expat, is joined by tax historian Joseph Thorndike to reflect on the complexity of US taxes for Americans everywhere. How did the system become so convoluted that in the tax year 2010, 59 per cent of Americans used paid preparers to file their returns rather than complete the forms themselves? To read Lisa's column on this topic, go to ft.com/ustaxes.

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