Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Joy of Taxes

Well, April 15 to 17 has passed this year. I suppose all My Faithful Readers (both of you) are relieved. You know, conked out on the bed, breathing easily till the next time a kid hollers, “Mom, Little Brother did something…”

My Faithful Readers are thinking,

  • “Whew, tax season is finally over.”
  • “Did I put a stamp on that envelope?”
  • “I did put it in the right mailbox, didn’t I?”
  • “Did I deduct those Christmas and Easter offerings at Gramma Edna’s Church?”
  • “Did I sign it? I don’t remember signing it. And what about my wife/husband? Oh, no! He/she would forget his/her head if it wasn’t attached/connected.”
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Well, to relieve all your anxiety (you’re being anxious for nothing) here’s a little list of what you helped pay for this year. A hundred years ago our grandparents never paid for any of this stuff. I’m anxious to know how they got by?

  • Accounts Receivable Tax
  • Building Permit Tax
  • CDL license Tax
  • Cigarette Tax
  • Corporate Income Tax
  • Drivers’ License Tax
  • Dog License Tax
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
  • Fishing License Tax
  • Food License Tax
  • Fuel permit tax
  • Gasoline Tax (42+ cents per gallon)
  • Hunting License Tax
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Interest expense
  • Inventory tax
  • IRS Interest Charges
  • IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
  • Liquor Tax
  • Luxury Taxes
  • Marriage License Tax
  • Medicare Tax
  • Property Tax
  • Real Estate Tax
  • Service charge taxes
  • Social Security Tax
  • Recreational Vehicle Tax
  • Road usage taxes
  • Sales Tax
  • School Tax
  • State Income Tax
  • State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
  • Telephone Federal Excise Tax
  • Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
  • Telephone Federal, State And Local Surcharge Taxes
  • Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
  • Telephone Recurring And Non-Recurring Charges Tax
  • Telephone State And Local Tax
  • Telephone Usage Charge Tax
  • Tobacco tax (other than cigarettes)
  • Utility Taxes
  • Vehicle License Registration Tax
  • Vehicle Sales Tax
  • Watercraft registration Tax
  • Well Permit Tax
  • Workers Compensation Tax

Has anyone noticed that not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago? Our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had no national debt. We had the largest middle class, and most moms stayed home to raise the kids.

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