Around the Bluhmin’ Town

By JUDY BLUHM

The tax man cometh. And for many Americans, the pain and suffering begins.

The deadline for filing your taxes is looming, causing many folks to become upset (if you owe) or happy if a refund is coming. Since people tend to procrastinate, the ones who owe money usually file at the last minute, or request an extension (but why prolong the inevitable?).

Folks will be rushing to the post office just before the stroke of midnight on April 15, with a “special envelope.”  Yes, if you are sending the government a check it might be done with a shaky hand and a slight feeling of nausea, followed by relief then remorse.  

Lots of people are pretty bummed out this year because they seem to be getting less of a refund than they expected.

 Stories abound about couples arguing as they leave the tax preparer’s office, one lady evidently punched her husband in the nose because she blamed him for not “adjusting” his deductions.

People like a little windfall every year. Pays for a vacation, new tires, maybe a new appliance. It is disappointing when folks realize the check isn’t coming . . and by the way, you owe!

Yikes, do not resort to violence!

If you are an agent for the Internal Revenue Service please stop reading immediately. Okay, so a survey conducted by Yahoo Finance claims that 36 percent of Americans say that they “cheat a little” on their taxes. This means “harmless” padding of gas mileage to the blatant making up of write-offs that don’t exist.

One agent for the IRS has been quoted as saying that 10 to 15 percent of all tax returns are pure “fiction.” Hey, if that is true it makes, we, the American taxpayers, look like a bunch of cheats and liars. And I say that is simply not true!

Americans, gather up your receipts, sharpen your pencils, get out the calculator and let the fun begin. Just because many people do not like to owe taxes, there are quite a few that feel it is a “good and responsible” thing that every American should enjoy.

If you visit the IRS website, you will find the following quote, “Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” Another quote from President James Madison states, “The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government.”

I feel better already.

Tax season. Some folks laugh and others cry. Many are pushed over the edge of the ledger when it comes to paying taxes. From fiction to fantasy, it is one heck of a ride around April 15.

If you are an accountant, get some rest. If you are getting a refund, spend it quietly and do not brag.

Perhaps we should make a toast to Tax Day. It is almost here, so gleefully plan how to spend your refund or have a stiff drink and write the check. Better luck next year.

Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local realtor. Have a story or a comment? You can email Judy at: judy@judybluhm.com.