Saturday, April 28, 2012

Be Real

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Better Stay Home

I think we should have assigned due dates for filing tax returns based on dates of birth, or social security numbers, or lottery. I suppose that would create chaos for the IRS as well as lawmakers who find it necessary to make up arcane changes to the tax law to randomly take effect in the present, past, or future depending on a dart throw as near as I can tell.

Oh, I suppose there would be job losses as the same 138 million returns, representing 50% of all Internal Revenue collections, prepared regularly over the course of a year could be handled by fewer accountants and staff than if prepared in just a few weeks. Not to mention all the government employees required to process them, to the extent any human sees them at all.

But think of the lives it would save. 
A study found that deadly auto accidents increase on Tax Day.
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On the other hand, maybe we should all just stay home and forget about it. Okay, forget I said that because I don't want to get in any kind of trouble here. But I can't be expected to advise you to take your life into your hands, now can I?

Well, if you haven't already taken care of your taxes by now, you risk your life. So, good luck out there. I'll be under the covers.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ten Reasons You Shouldn't Wait Until The Last Second to Meet With Your Accountant Before The Tax Filing Deadline

I don't really have time to dispense with the last nine so let me just cut to the chase and tell you the Number One Reason For Not Waiting Until The Last Second To Meet With Your Accountant Before The Tax Filing Deadline.

Because we are all nuts - sleep deprived, stressed out, on the sheer edge of utter panic, hitting the wall, fed up with questions, queries, and interruptions, working so fast that you've got to be worried about accuracy, worried about accuracy so much we no longer blink, not eating, not sleeping, and finding it hard to put sentences together.

At this point in time, "8" is a joke worthy of a laugh. ("6" is pretty good but not as funny as "8.") We are moving so fast the computer can't keep up - and this is no exaggeration - we are moving so fast the computer needs to reboot to get a grip. I kid you not.

So, if you feel pretty confident that you have an easy return and that there aren't already 100 people in line in front of you and that a zombie accountant is really a good thing, then go ahead. Wait until the last minute.

On the other hand, if you want to see a head explode....

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Times They Are A-Changin'*

I saw a Dodge Caravan with spinners today and wondered is that this generation's equivalent to the VW bus with a mattress in the back and shag carpets on the walls?


*Lyrics by Bob Dylan