I met my husband on April 15. An easy date to remember! Also, the last day to file federal income tax or apply for an extension. If you don’t follow the IRS’s stringent rules, trouble abounds, plus penalties.

Are you thinking: Oh, goody, we get to pay our federal taxes even though we won’t decide where the money goes? Yesterday, the oldie Beatles song Taxman swam through my head as I gathered my writing expenses receipts. Fortunately, my husband’s accountant knows what he’s doing and is honest. My husband and I never mess with the IRS! I’ve known people who’ve tried, a few by mistake, and the horrendous penalties they’ve paid.

For example, one of my friends who lives in Canada got into a really difficult situation with her taxes. Fortunately, she was able to reach out to a team of Canadian Tax Amnesty Lawyers for some expert advice before things could escalate any further. Above all, no matter where you live, getting your tax return in order is crucial. Just remember, do not be afraid to reach out to a legal professional for help and support if you are unsure about how best to proceed. Ensuring you don’t find yourself in debt with specific taxes, such as GST or HST, is also crucial. However, things like this do happen, and professional legal help should not be overlooked if it does. Companies in Canada like Good Service Tax are able to help with any tax debt you may have got yourself into, and get you out of the tricky situation.

Would this classic Corvette work as a tax right-off if I drove it to work?

Could this classic Corvette be a tax right-off if I drove it to work?

I believe we must support our military, but wonder where the rest of our mandatory federal tax donation money is spent.

I found it amusing when an economics professor told me the Amish of Lancaster County, PA, are poor. This fact she no doubt judged when reviewing the amount of federal taxes they pay, because she’s not seen their magnificent farms or herds of dairy cows. I explained most Amish farmers grow and preserve their own food, and milk their own cows. And their farms are magnificent, the acreage valuable. Many also work in factories or construction.

Do the Amish pay taxes? An Amish friend from the Midwest answered my questions: “Yes they do, even if they don’t always agree with or participate in the ways the government spends their money. If a business is owned by Amish, yes applies to them as well, it is all state requirements and we have it plain in the Bible about what is required of us to honor the Obrigkeit.” (Mark 12:17, Matthew 22:12)

A woman thought Amish farmers are poor because they work their own farms.

A woman I know thought Amish farmers are poor because they work their own farms.

Amish pay federal and state taxes, such as property taxes, sales taxes, and public school taxes, even though most Amish send their children to Amish-owned and maintained one-room schoolhouses. Do you think that’s fair?

Amish consider Social Security an insurance program, which conflicts with their belief against participating in commercial insurance. Most Amish are exempt from Social Security. But my Midwest Amish friend wrote: “As with so many things in Amish life, this is in the differs-by-area category. I do not pay in for Social Security or draw it, as I am exempt. The younger generation do not exempt themselves anymore … I would guess it is 50-50. It is a ‘do what you choose thing’.”

Do you think it’s fair most Amish have the choice of being exempt from paying into Social Security? They care for their elderly and infirm. Many of us have paid into Social Security for decades. Will the well run dry?

Do you wait until the last minute or file your taxes early, hoping to receive a refund? Or are you already wondering where the refund is? (Have a look into this page titled where’s my refund if you believe you’re owed a tax refund that’s late) Are you already organizing for next year? Do you resent the whole process? Do you heave a huge sigh of relief when your taxes are filed? Although my husband and I may be parting with some of our hard earned cash on the 15th, after 30 years we still have each other. If you’re in the process of organizing your taxes and are looking to get an OIC agreement accepted, read these offer in compromise tips for additional advice.

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