It is April 18, 2011, tax forms must be filed no later than today. Of course, it is easy to get a six month extension. Come October 17, 2011, there will be a line of taxpayers at the post office filing for an additional extension.
Actually not. Not in the age of e-filing. That’s a shame. Back in the mid-70s I was a clerk at the U.S. Post Office in Iowa City, working the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift (ugh!). One year I was sent outside to empty the mail box at 11:59 p.m. There were six cars backed up. I had instructions to accept mail from anyone in line when the clock struck midnight. I miss those days.
Tax is a day of accountability, but not accounting. I’ve always viewed taxes as the practice of law, not the practice of accounting.
I haven’t seen many good cartoons this year, so I’m going to recycle a classic.