Let’s see, where was I ?
I remember … it’s April 15 and one thing marks well the day - I finished our 2009 tax return and mailed it - what a colossal waste of time.
Every year I get these official looking prompts, presented in headlines and bold letters suggesting I am behind with my filing, and every year I promise the mirror in my bathroom to next year relieve the stress induced by the reminder, and every year, once completing my year-late return, I am too fed up and exhausted to do more than an extension that come October I am emotionally inclined to ignore.
I never owe any money. Occasionally we’re audited. While somewhat entertaining, it's another waste of everyone’s time. In November I’ll be eighty and in April have other things to do.
There should be a rule: once over the hill and well on the way down, an exemption from taxes and the worrying and scurrying that accompanies. Republicans could have every district handily with a cry for reduction - not so much in the amounts provided as in the process for providing. I don’t think we mind the amounts - it’s the hours and hours of collecting the data; more to organize and place into the right categories; then on to the tax-form preparer or software from Turbo and the downloading, paying, or presenting. Of course there is more that follows, we’re just getting started. And my God, we do this every year for sixty or eighty and maybe beyond. I’m beginning to look for my Mahogany box - and yes, I like lilies.
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