That’s what you get for the outrageously high property tax bills the town of Kennebunk sends out twice a year.
But what lovely flowers they are.
Every free space in the village is filled with them.
It’s impressive and quite beautiful.
Is it any wonder President Bush’s family has their summer home in Kennebunkport?
I know tax time can be a stressful time of year, even now when the deadline has been rolled back.
And I know some people are still anxiously awaiting their stimulus checks.
But please, can we all just take a breath and have a little common decency?
The following is a recent FB post from the mother of a friend of mine. She’s a widow in her 70’s who works for H&R Block at tax time to supplement her fixed income.
The fact that she even has to say this saddens me.
So please, calm down.
We’re all in this together.
Even the tax accountants.
And why does the bastard want all our money?
Ain’t that the truth.
But I’ve just finished doing our taxes…. and now I’m brain dead.
Yes, I always wait until the last minute. Why not? We haven’t gotten a refund since Christ was a Corporal so our returns don’t get mailed until April 14th.
You heard me, mailed. As in snail….with a stamp and everything.
Haven’t you heard the Post Office is dying?
I mail all my bills.
I mail back every postage paid envelope that comes my way… empty.
I even *gasp* mail actual birthday cards.
Technology is great, don’t get me wrong. But there’s nothing less personal than a 2 second birthday text.
No one needs that.
So be thoughtful, take the extra time to write your best wishes….. and help save the post office you know you’re going to miss when it’s gone.
A yacht to sail the 7 seas…
That works… as long as you don’t forget your Brie En Croute is in the oven while you’re sipping champagne on the port side.
A fancy sports car?
Sure…. I can see you cruising into Goodwill in that.
How about a tropical beach house?
With hot and cold running cabana boys?
What you probably don’t think of when I say luxury item?
Although in many states, including my own….
That’s exactly how they’re viewed and taxed.
As luxury items.
Is your jaw hanging open?
Because mine was.
Take my word for it gentlemen…
Luxurious is not the word women use to describe that time of the month.
It’s not even close.
Tax time is upon us, and like every other year…. we pay.
It’s bad enough the government swallows half our paycheck during the year..
But every April?
They want more. **
So I wait until April 14th to file.
I’m petty that way.
Tax laws have changed this year, and no… I’m not going to get political.
But the instructions on the payment voucher did make me laugh.
No checks of $100 million or more accepted?
Now I’m going to have to get cash.
At first I thought, well… it must be nice to be able to write a check like that.
If you can write a check like that?
Chances are you won’t have to.
And that pretty much sums up our tax collection system.
** If you don’t know who Laura Moon is?
Watch Neil Gaiman’s American Gods on Starz.
It’s mind bending, trippy and totally rocks!