Today is the day (here in America) that everyone is supposed to file their tax returns for the previous year. And since this day happens to fall on a weekend this year, the IRS is nice enough to extend the deadline until the 17th. “Why?” you might ask? Time Magazine has the answer:
As per the I.R.S., the regular April 15 tax day is postponed when that date falls on a weekend or legal holiday. This year, April 15 is a Sunday, which ordinarily would push the deadline to Monday.
But Monday, April 16, is also the observation of Emancipation Day, a legal Washington, D.C., holiday commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act, which ended slavery in the nation’s capital on that day in 1862. Under federal tax law, District holidays get the same legal clout as their national counterparts when it comes to determining tax deadlines.
There is an old saying: “Nothing is certain except for death and taxes”. According to one web page:
This is usually attributed to Benjamin Franklin, who wrote in a 1789 letter that “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” However, The Yale Book of Quotations quotes “‘Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes,” from Christopher Bullock, The Cobler of Preston (1716). The YBQ also quotes “Death and Taxes, they are certain,” from Edward Ward, The Dancing Devils (1724).
Though death might be unavoidable, I am certain that taxes can be both minimized as well as completely avoided. Lots of people and corporations do it, so why not you? Oh wait, not paying your taxes would be un-American, right? Sounds like you’ve bought what they are selling, hook, line, and sinker.
To partially quote Ron Paul:
In 1913, two very important changes occurred in America.
First, was the adoption of the income tax. From 1913 onward, all of a person’s earnings **belong to the government first.** The government then decides how much they permit everyone to keep.
Second, the Federal Reserve was created in 1913. If the government wants wars and welfare, it now had a monopolistic central bank that could create money out-of-thin-air to pay for them.
So here’s the truth folks, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – capitalism is a *GAME* and we are all being played. Those people in power want the rest of us to continue playing the game, to continue fighting over scraps; while they prosper and some even get wealthy. Money itself is not “the root of all evil”, it’s the *love of money* that is. Have you ever wondered why America spends so much money on the military? Because there is no profit to be made in peace.
And here we go again; Spring 2018, and we’re dropping bombs on another country. But not enough bombs to wipe those people out, just enough to continue the war effort, just enough to keep our military employed, just enough for someone up the ladder to make a tidy profit.
So when you file your taxes this year, sit back and take pride in where your hard earned money is being spent. You have allowed this to happen, you’ve paid for it and it will continue until everyone wakes up and puts a stop to it.