Wow! What a week. While perusing some of my fave blogs, I realize other people have had very similar experiences and similar reactions, too.
Yes, it’s tax time. I agree with John, Uncle Sam takes away on a bi-weekly basis. At tax time, we tell him what a.) we made and b.) he took. If we’re lucky, he gives some of it back. If I had to pay him once a year, I would be far less happy with the amount he takes. I’m not, by the way, happy with what he takes now. When he takes a little at a time, in comparison, we are less likely to notice how much he’s in our pockets.
A few years ago, I found myself “underemployed”. That is to say I had a job, but my responsibilities and therefore, my pay, was substandard. I cut way back on all of my paycheck deductions so I had ready cash. I needed every cent I earned to run my household and feed myself and family. I risked an “accounting roll of the dice”. How much would U. Sam take, how much of my pittance would I owe? I guestimated pretty well. I owed the Great State of Ohio 24 bucks and Uncle Sammy owed me 32 bucks. I happily paid Ohio and paid HR Block online my fee. (My fee could be deducted in the following year!)
So, the game continues. Roll the dice, fiddle with deductions and hope you don’t have to pay a lot and all at once on April 15th. Roll the dice and figure what it takes to not get a huge tax return. What, no return? Why give Uncle Sam the money? He’s not giving you interest on the loan.
– Today’s rant sponsored by concerned citizens