Monday, April 17, 2006

It's tax day!

Came across these Bible verses this morning that relate to the whole April 15th tax day, which is April 17 this year because the 15th was Saturday.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. --Romans 13:6-7

Don't knowingly cheat or withhold information. You'll sleep a whole lot better at night knowing you did the right (if difficult) thing.

Are you putting taxes off to the last minute, or are they long since done? I did mine about two weeks ago, but haven't got my refund (such as it is) yet. Two weeks is close enough to "last minute" for my liking. I could never put it off until the real last minute.

Why do people do that anyway? Especially when that day falls just after Holy Week, on the day after Easter Sunday?!? I sure didn't want taxes hanging over my head at the time of year when I am trying to observe the most holy time on the Christian calendar. It would keep me from truly enjoying it.

Did you see the story about illegal immigrants paying taxes?

Anyway, if you haven't done your taxes yet, keep the above verses in mind when you do. Now get to it!

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.


Chelsea said...

This will be the third year my husband and I waited until the absolute last second to do ours. In Philadelphia, the central post office stays open until midnight, and the entire city it seems descends upon it, some to mail their forms, others to just gawk at the spectacle. Protesters from all across the political spectrum come out to mug for the cameras. Radio stations broadcast live and give out prizes. It's fun to observe. Maybe that's why we don't e-file.....

RoadRunner said...

It is always fun to make the government wait.
We HAVE to wait on them and they HAVE to wait on us. Decently and in order. =-)

Beep Beep >P> >P>

Clemencia Summers said...

I hear a lot of people complain about how taxes are just the government’s way of taking our money, but that’s simply not true. The government works to make our lives easier, to protect us, and to serve us. The least we can do is to be honest when filing our taxes, and to not leave it until the last minute so that we’re not rushing.

Parris Moretti said...

Chelsea mentioned something about everybody descending upon the post office in the last few hours before the deadline. I think doing that is unadvisable. Everybody pretty much thinks the same thing, “It can wait; I don’t have the time; I’m too busy.” So, EVERYBODY is waiting until the last minute, which results to EVERYBODY being at the post office. This can lead to many complications as a result of all the rush and hullabaloo. Waiting in line and being jostled about in a crowd can be avoided simply by filing your taxes as early as possible.

Harley Mcgowan said...

The money that the government uses to build and improve infrastructure comes from our own pockets. I know it’s funny, and quite frankly a bit fulfilling, to fool around with the government by rushing to the last minute with our taxes, but it’s only going to backfire on us. Failing to pay our taxes will bring the IRS to our doorstep, and filing our taxes at the last minute is nothing but a real pain in the neck.

Harley Mcgowan