Doesn’t quite have the same sound as “Yippie! It’s Christmas!” does it?
If there was ever a “holiday” that Scrooge would enjoy, it is April 15. In fact, April 15 should be legally removed from the Julian calendar. Besides the obvious, just why is the day such a sucky day? May I offer five little reasons?
- If you file electonically — the desire and preference of the IRS — it can cost you $35 for both federal and state.
- If you elect to pay the transmission fee from your refund, you will be charged an additional $29.95.
- If you mail your return and it doesn’t arrive, you will be treated in the same manner as a tax evader.
- If you mail your return via Certified Mail with a Return Receipt, the post office can lose your envelope (they’re good at that) and you will be treated in the same manner as a tax evader.
- If you make a mistake on your return and end up owing more money than you thought, you will be treated in the same manner as a tax evader.
What happened to the good ol’ days before the Revolutionary War, when whiskey and tobacco taxes provided most of the revenue required by the government? Nowadays, you slug down long droughts of Jack Daniels to try and numb the pain and you can’t even afford a good cigar because of the taxes you just paid…
Happy Tax Day to one and all.