The Tax Man Cometh — Again, by Michael Maharrey

Time for the annual exercise in extortion known as paying your taxes. From Michael Maharrey at

Today is tax day.

I’m not pleased.

I don’t know about you, but that means my bank account balance will be significantly smaller later this evening. I’m going to have to write a big check. But hey, this is the price I pay for a more civilized society.

That’s the mantra, right? Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society. That sounds like some BS a tax collector would come up with.

Of course, tax day normally falls on April 15th, but since the 15th was a Saturday, tax day got pushed to Monday, and as it turns out, Monday the 17th was the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington, DC, commemorating the abolition of slavery in the nation’s capital. So, we got a three-day reprieve from the taxman.

But as they say, nothing is certain but death and taxes. The grim reaper and the taxman always cometh eventually.

And the taxman is here.


Come to think of it, maybe they are the same person! I mean, have we ever seen them in the same room together?

If you got a refund, you probably went ahead and filed earlier this year so you could get that nice check from Uncle Sam. I did not get a refund. I’m self-employed. That means I write checks. Therefore, I put off filing until the last minute. That means I’ll have to write that big fat check to the IRS this afternoon.

I wish more people actually had to write that check. The fact that so many people just have taxes pulled from their paychecks and get big refunds every year makes tax day feel like a holiday for most Americans. But trust me, you’re getting ripped off too. They just hide it from you.

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