I read the other day that actor Wesley Snipes has been released from prison.
For those of you who don’t know, the actor was sent to prison in 2010 for failing to file federal taxes for several years.
I know that it’s wrong to not file your taxes, but my sympathies are actually with Snipes here, because I’m doing my taxes, and I hate it.
Ever since the bottom fell out of the lending industry in 2009 and the powers that be had no other choice but to admit that the economy was in a recession, we’ve been hearing how much the government (local, state, and federal) is hurting for money. And it seems that with each new passing moment comes another tax to “earn” money.
But that’s the problem with the government. It doesn’t know how to earn any damn money. It only knows how to take money from other people who’ve earned it and then give it back to them in the form of a bunch of crap that most of us don’t want.
I hate doing my taxes so much, usually I just put in enough deductions to break even—I don’t even care if I get a refund; I just want to be finished and have no further contact with the government for 364 days. But this year, I intend to take every single deduction known to man for which I qualify, because I am sick and tired of forking over my dough for stupid stuff.
I don’t mind feeding orphans and widows, I don’t mind helping people to obtain a higher education, I don’t mind contributing to the President’s salary, and I don’t mind paying social workers to protect our children. These are just a few of the things I don’t mind. But unfortunately, there’s a whole lot more going on that I do mind, and I can’t control it, but I darn sure can get my deduction for that coffee maker I gave to Goodwill.
What about you? Is April 15th just another day, or do you dread it as much as I do?