WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 – On April 15 each year, the Prudent Man reflects upon the sad fact that his late father’s birthday is also annual Federal income tax filing day in the U.S.
The old man, actually an expert on Federal and Ohio state tax law, used to stay up half each birthday night with pencils, notepads and forms in those pre-TurboTax days muttering occasional sotto voce curses as he struggled with the latest invariably adverse changes in tax law in his generally successful annual attempts to complete the long form and get it to the local post office before midnight when both Cinderella’s carriage and his own fiscal sanity morphed into pumpkins infested with wildly scurrying mice.
The Prudent Man rarely experiences such weeping and gnashing of teeth on April 15. He generally files his annual Delay of Game Form (4868) on the 15th and completes the rest of the paperwork later in the year. That’s because he has to wait for the batch of Master Limited Partnership K-1s that customarily straggle into his mailbox anywhere from February to mid-summer before he can complete his own 1040 and all its pomps and either e-file or mail them in to an IRS office in a distant city that seems to change every few years.
For the longest time, that city used to be Cincinnati. Now, for some reason, likely known only to Tea Party opponents deep in the bowels of the current administration, it’s Kansas City. Maybe things are too hot for the IRS bureaucracy in Cincinnati these days. If so, laying low might be a very good idea.
In any event, living just outside of Washington, D.C. now in the once-proudly Red State of Virginia, the Prudent Man finds at least a modicum of comfort knowing the annual tsunami of tax dollars surging toward the nation’s capital and its environs grows larger every year, enriching his legal, govie, and Federal contractor friends beyond avarice and comfortably toward joining the 1%. How nice for them.
The rather embarrassingly well-off bigwigs and worker bees in this metro area enjoy the benefits of this mountain of moolah with great self-satisfaction. They have a high opinion of their enlightened selves, enjoying, as they often do, considerably more refined lifestyles than those unenlightened, mullet-headed saps in Flyover Country who send in bigger checks every year while religiously re-electing the usual crooked Democrats who are robbing them blind. The notion of cause and effect has apparently become another casualty of the new American Kleptocracy.
At least some folks retain a sense of humor about America’s IRS-enforced Decline and Fall. We’re talking about those wags from Reason.com who’ve uploaded two delightful videos to celebrate April 15, 2014 with both style and attitude.
The first of these imagines the Tax Man breaching the castle ramparts on (or in) “The Game of Thrones” to ensure that TV’s favorite oversexed medieval miscreants pay up.
The second celebrates Happy Tax Day in song. Or, more correctly, in parody song. Relax, enjoy, and be sure to get that check postmarked by midnight tonight. Uncle Barack wants YOUR bank account. But you can keep your doctor.
(Hat tip to The Drudge Report where we discovered the delightful image of our current Prez that appears above.)
(Note to users of older iMacs: Apparently the latest update to the Flash plug-in, which is necessary to view these videos generates a “plug-in error.” Adobe suggests de-installing the latest update and re-installing the previous version 12 until they can come up with a bug fix for these Macs, a fix they promise will happen soon.)