Monday, April 15, 2013

Taxing Time

It’s a spring ritual, nearly every American despises.image

Early in February it was birthday time for the 16th amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Know what that one does ?

Here’s a BIG hint — these are due today for most American citizens. Here it is for a clue:

Amendment XVI — The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

That’s right, this amendment permitted U.S. federal income taxes. It was ratified on February 3, 1913 by the requisite 36 states.

  • Delaware was the last state to complete the requisite number.
  • Massachusetts and New Hampshire legislatures did not ratify until March; NH rejected it on March 2,1911 and later ratified on March 7, 1913.
  • Connecticut, Rhode Island, Utah and Virginia legislatures rejected the amendment without subsequently ratifying it.
  • Florida and Pennsylvania legislatures never considered the proposed amendment.

imageYET, the date passed without any mention from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on its website. Most likely, because this is NOT the sort of celebration most any American would want to celebrate.

The April 14, 2013 online edition of USA TODAY has an interesting and detailed history about this anniversary complete with a video.

Our were done recently — and Yippee we got $$ back this year.

How about You — do you WAIT until the April 15 midnight deadline to get your returns in the mail OR are you an early bird


Sandra said...

early bird here, i have always done mine the week after i get the last w2 in the mail. i see no reason for waiting, it is what it is, and if we get a refund, it comes soon, if we owed it gave time to collect the funds. i have to say now, i have only once in my life had to pay additional tax, it was almost always a refund. when daddy died, we got a small inheritance and had to pay that.

A Quiet Corner said...

Interesting, Dorothy....we got $$ back too!!...:)JP

Ginnie said...

For the past 8 years I've had the AARP volunteers do my taxes. A very nice group, Free and I do get $$ back.

Cicero Sings said...

Our deadline is April 30th. Mine and Mom's are done and I have the confirming paperwork back. I owed a few $$ this year!

Daisy said...

We had someone else do ours, and we did it early because we needed to get FAFSA scores for my son to send to his college. I'm always glad to have those forms done and sent in and have it over with.

Out on the prairie said...

I laughed seeing a kiosk crowded today and then remembered a friends B Day today.

Montanagirl said...

We're early birds. we've already received our refunds.

Debbie said...

early bird here!! we have several companies and investments. lots to do and file, we start early and do a little at a time but we are always done by april 1st!!

OldBikeRider said...

We had to pay again this year, quite a lot actually. The withholding is painless, but sending a check to those fellows in Washington really takes its toll on my happiness. But it is over and I have once again increased my withholding so I won't owe so much again next year. I had the forms done a long time ago, but sent them electronically on Saturday, check in the mail Sunday

DeniseinVA said...

We had to pay a chunk of change too. I know it has to be done but oh dear.

Anvilcloud said...

We get until the end of the month. I have yet to do mine.

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