Today is April 15th, the day America collectively cries, whines and starts digging through couch cushions and destroying piggybanks for spare change with which to pay our taxes. If this is news to you, you might want to consider filing for an extension although you have until the 18th this year because they’re celebrating a holiday in Washington DC today…which your taxes are probably paying for.
I don’t grouse about it too much because I’m willing to pay my share although I get a little perturbed when they want me to pay your share as well. And yours and yours. I’m already paying enough in taxes to build bombs to blow Miami back to the Bronze Age if those retirees cop an attitude and try and attack us and I’m paying enough to drop thousands of big wheels of free cheese in Appalachia so the kids get some calcium; it seems like someone else can step up and pay to fix the giant pothole on Sepulveda before it swallows any more Fiats.
Another issue I have with the system is that we have something we laughingly call “Tax Freedom Day” and this year it is April 24th and I hate that it is now after I’ve already had to pay my taxes. See, I’ve worked almost 3 ½ months so far this year to pay last year’s taxes and I know I’m going to owe that money plus another 9 days for this year’s taxes…so, I think the use of the word “freedom” is a little misleading. It’s even worse if you’re with me in California where because of the aforementioned potholes and the fact that we don’t know how to save rainwater, our tax freedom day isn’t until April 30th.
Every year there is talk about simplifying the tax code and every year it dies a quick death because apparently the Turbo Tax people have purchased vacation homes for every politician in Washington and they don’t want anything simple that would keep 8 zillion people from buying their product once a year. The government changes things almost depending on which way the wind is blowing and that is why I think, due to the continuing education, being a tax accountant is the toughest degree ever. If you were an English major, let’s face it…Shakespeare is still dead and we have no plans to change the shape of a comma. It’s still, well… this , If you received a degree in PE or Anatomy you probably already know we haven’t changed the shape of the human body in about 5 million years regardless of what creationists might think. Oh, we stand a little taller and our tails have mostly disappeared but we’re essentially the same. But the tax code changes every year depending on whose pocket gets greased so accountants are always learning new stuff and I think that is why their social skills are stunted. Something had to give because my accountant has the personality of a turnip…and not a cool turnip who’s going out partying at night. Just a regular turnip that sits in the produce drawer of your fridge until it rots and you have to throw it out and clean the drawer.
My accountant is always very angry and cannot believe to this day, why I don’t know how to sort deductions and expenses. I calmly counter with, “I can’t believe you don’t know how to throw or catch a ball. Now, are we even?” I just want him to take this Safeway shopping bag full of receipts and magically make them disappear into his files, tell me how much I owe to stay out of jail, and not call me until April Fool’s Day next year.
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