the 10-second tax return.
in sweden, the vast majority of taxpayers just get a document from the government with all the relevant information already filled out. some even get a text message with their prepared tax information.
in the united states, the experience it is quite the opposite.
the nightmare return.
“the hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.”
credits: theatlantic.com, google images
art credit: the unicorn is reading, by steph terao,
based on the hunting of the unicorn, a medieval tapestry
possibly my family holiday photo
i had my taxes done yesterday
by a woman
who has done them
for over 10 years.
we talked about
all that has happened since we last met.
this time however,
when finishing up
she casually asked:
‘for some reason the i.r,s, shows that you have 25 children
and i can’ t get it to delete. any life changes since last year?’
‘nothing of that magnitude, really,
at least not that i’m aware of.
but maybe that’s what all that commotion is in the lobby?’
we always enjoy our time together
but this really kicked it up a notch.
same time next year?
bureaucracy has more than a few quirks
and i so appreciate her
for helping me to navigate through the crazy system
and somehow try to make some sense of it.
my 25, could make this
the best year of deductions ever!
‘we’ll try to cooperate fully with the IRS, because,
as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail.
– dave barry
image credit: edinphoto.org