Saturday, April 12, 2008


I am willing to lobby hard for anyone who simplifies the tax code. I mean, why all this crap of deductions, exemptions and subtract the lower of line 8 or 9 from line 10?? What is that crap about? You would think with the all the advances in tax preparation software, online tax portals, e-filing and the simple fact that I have been doing this for a very long time now the process should be easy right? WRONG! This thing is getting worse by the minute and it says a lot coming from me since I don't itemize.

I am so down for a national sales tax or just a flat tax across the board on everything. This process is dare I say, "taxing" on the mind, body, and wallet/pocketbook. I guess I just needed to rant about this for a second or two after agonizing over my taxes for the last 4 hours. And yeah, I owe but it is perfectly within my acceptable range. Could have been much worse.

I think next year I may have to go see a tax professional. Ya think?


Jeremy said...

Just remember, they're not taxes. They're dues.


Troy said...

Dues? Are you saying I am part of a membership? If so, then first thing first, what rights does my paid membership get me? What rights do I lose if I go from paid to unpaid? Talk to me!

Jeremy said...

I personally don't have a problem with the term "taxes." Taxes, dues, whatever you want to call them. I am, however, a big fan of the public good, in which we all have a stake, and am willing to pay for it (as long as the money's spent wisely). Roads. Education. Common defense. If you go from paid to unpaid, you end up like Wesley Snipes.

I agree that the tax system needs to be simpler and more fair. (Read David Cay Johnston, when you get to it.) I'm not sure, though, what the answer is.

Troy said...

I ain't a New Jack, nobody 'gon Wesley Snipe me, less than likely.

PS: I couldn't resist the urge. :)