Why Taxes Hurt Your Brain: According to Science
If researchers at the University of Chicago are right, the pain you feel at Tax Time isn’t just in your head.
Scientists now know math headaches are real. And they could explain our tendency to put off math-related tasks like tax preparation and bookkeeping.
That’s because their most surprising discovery was the pain’s source. The pain doesn’t begin during the act of solving a math problem…
The pain starts at the mere anticipation of it.
MRI scans revealed that just knowing you might have to solve a math problem can light up the brain’s pain center like a disco ball.
In fact, about half the study’s brain scans were virtually indistinguishable from those of subjects experiencing real physical pain, like burning a hand on a hot stove.
In other words, math tasks like bookkeeping may be a pain in the you-know-what. But it’s thinking about it that can cause true physical pain.
Why? The explanation may be hidden in our biology.
Humans may have developed these pain reactions as part of our fight-or-flight response. The pain we feel could be our brains trying to tell us…
“Those receipts are about to eat you alive.”
Of course, our modern minds should know better. But to our lizard brains, those expense spreadsheets might as well be one of our fiercest prehistoric predators.
So, is there a way to make bookkeeping look less like a saber tooth tiger and more like a friendly, fluffy kitten?
Modern technology could provide the solution to this prehistoric problem.
A phone app like Taxbot can help small business owners avoid pre-math migraines altogether.
With today’s tax-tracking technology, it’s easy to offload tasks like logging receipts and business mileage. So all you have to do is swipe right to approve the app’s calculations.
Plus, the Taxbot app gets bonus points for accuracy. The app has proven to be more accurate than the average business owner’s own calculations.
Better accuracy means fewer audit worries. It can mean big tax savings at the end of the year, too.
On average, Taxbot users save at least $10,000 on taxes each year.
That’s a good reason to believe technology may be MORE than just a pain-killer for “math brain.” It could make Tax Day something you actually look forward to. Click here to find out if Taxbot could be the aspirin to YOUR tax-time headache.
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