In looking into our country's secrets, we've used the old investigative adage, "Follow the money." We reviewed the trends revealed by American taxpayers' returns from 1995 to 2016. For example, is it because of taxes that alimony payments get reported much more than alimony receipts do? Check out the most interesting findings in our infographic above and see how they compare to 2016's infographic. Next year's returns may look remarkably different, thanks to the largest tax overhaul in decades, 2017's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
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