Friday, April 05, 2013

Taxing matters

Yes, for those procrastinators in the audience, it is that time of year - time to file your taxes.

If you still need forms, they are easily found online - at for federal taxes and NY Dept of Taxation for New York.   You can get other states' tax forms online as well.

 If you meet certain criteria, you can file online at for free.  You may even be eligible to use free tax filing software if your income is below $57,000 .

And, believe it or not, there are some who see taxes as a good thing.  Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously said  "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society" (275 U.S. 87,100) (an alternate phrasing can be found above the IRS building entrance).  For a brief history of the perception of paying taxes, see the N.Y. Times Op Ed "When We  Loved Form 1040" by a Duke law professor.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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