How could the federal government and state governments make it easier to fill out tax returns?
Individuals who don't own businesses spend tens of billions of dollars each year (in fees and time) filing taxes. Most of this is unnecessary. The government already has most of the information it asks us to provide. It knows what are wages are, how much interest we earn, and so on. It should provide the information it has on the right line of an electronic tax return it provides us or our accountant. Think about VISA. VISA doesn't send you a blank piece of paper each month, and ask you to list all your purchases, add them up and then penalize you if you get the wrong number. It sends you a statement with everything it knows on it. We are one of the only countries in the world that makes filing so hard. Many companies send you a tentative tax return, which you can adjust. Others have withholding at the source, so the average citizen doesn't file anything.California adopted a form of the above -- it was called ReadyReturn. 98%+ of those who tried it loved it. But the program was bitterly opposed by Intuit, makers of Turbo Tax. They went so far as to contribute $1 million to a PAC that made an independent expenditure for one candidate running for statewide office. The program was also opposed by Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist. The stated reason was that the government would cheat taxpayers. I believe the real reason is that they want tax filing to be painful, since they believe that acts as a constraint on government programs.
How do I fill out money for a federal inmate?
One way is by Momey Gram this site tells you how you can do it on line.Commissary Deposit | Send Money to an Inmate | MoneyGram
Can the Federal Government offer financial incentives to states to carry out policy that the Constitution prohibits at the Federal level?
Short answer: Yes, Congress can use the Spending Power to incentivize states to adopt policies that are Constitutional at the state level, but which Congress is unable to legislate on itself. It's been used to encourage states to adopt a legal drinking age of 21, so this could also include state prohibition of alcohol. (Moreover, Section 2 of the Twenty-First Amendment seems to guarantee to states the authority to regulate or prohibit the sale or consumption of alcohol within their territory, as they so choose).Longer answer: Congress may use the Spending Power to incentivize state policy formation within the parameters set out in South Carolina v. Dole (available here: FindLaw | Cases and Codes). There are four limitations:The policy incentivized must be rationally related to the type of spending being conditioned (i.e., conditioning federal highway funds on states adopting a minimum legal drinking age of 21 is OK).The requisite conditions sought from states needs to be unambiguous (i.e. Congress cannot ask states to meet some vague subjective standard, they have to set hard targets or terms).The policies sought must otherwise be constitutional for the states to enact (i.e., while Congress can condition federal spending on the adoption of a policy that exceeds Congress's direct regulatory powers, Congress cannot condition federal spending on the adoption of policy that "engage[s] in activities that would themselves be unconstitutional . . . [like] a grant of federal funds conditioned on invidiously discriminatory state action or the infliction of cruel and unusual punishment. (from Dole)."The conditions established by Congress cannot amount to coercion and states must be given a meaningful choice (i.e., the Supreme Court recently held that the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion provision, wherein Congress gave states a financial incentive to expand their Medicaid coverage, "coerced" states by not granting them a meaningful choice because states couldn't reject the Medicaid expansion without relinquishing federal funds for their already existing Medicaid programs on which too many were already dependent.)Because Section Two of the Twenty-First Amendment grants states the authority to regulate or prohibit the sale or consumption of alcohol within their territory, the hypothetical program you suggest (encouraging states to reenact Prohibition ) could fall within these parameters depending on the kinds of federal funds Congress conditions. Highway funding and certain healthcare funds would probably suffice.
What is the total number of federal applications, documents, or forms from all the departments of government that US citizens are required by law to fill out?
I am not an American. But it would depend on the person's circumstances. How much do they earn? If you earn little then you don't need to file a tax return. How do they earn it? Self employed or employed?Do they travel? You need a passport.How long do they live? - if they die after birth then it is very little. Do they live in the USA?What entitlements do they have?Do they have dialysis? This is federally funded.Are they on medicaid/medicare?.Are they in jail or been charged with a crime?Then how do you count it? Do you count forms filled in by the parents?Then there is the census the Constitution which held every ten years.
How many applications did it take to get a job offer for the US federal government?
One. One of the keys to this is to ensure that you are indeed qualified for the position you are seeking. Remember the objective of the application is to obtain an interview. Nothing more. So to make sure you make the cut, research the job, the skills, the agency, and the employees. Find the key words for the skills, the working environment, the agency mission, etc. including regulations and laws.Once you get the interview, that's where you can sell yourself and what you are capable of.