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Study puts death and taxes on a “crash course”

Posted at 7:51 AM, Apr 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-11 07:51:42-04

(CBS)- It is said there are two certainties in life, death and taxes, and a new study is putting the two on a crash course.

Researchers compared IRS deadline data with with crash records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They found over the last three decades, an average of 13 more people died on tax days compared to the two weeks before and after the deadline.

The study’s authors said one reason for the results may include drivers rushing the post office to get their paperwork mailed in on time. They also attributed the possible link to the stress of tax day distracting drivers.