The Joy of Taxes… ” We’re Alive!!!”

… ” There is nothing to fear but fear itself”

Dear Reader:

Yesterday was “D” Day! Dump all my tax forms in a bag and leave them with my tax preparer to do-I honestly don’t know him except by name. With Covid many preparers can use the required forms and do them without an one on one face to face meeting -he came through for me last year-so I blew a prayer when I drove off this year… that I will be on the receiving end of Uncle Sam again… and not the giving one!

As Franklin observed with his quick wit … ( in paraphrase) ‘the only two certainties in life are death and taxes’…personally I will choose taxes in exchange for life… glorious, wonderful life! I never tire of it!

Most people, including myself, have a deep-seeded fear of taxes because it is so complex… even Albert Einstein ( while filing for tax returns) once said, ” This is too difficult for a mathematician. It takes a philosopher.”

The best way to overcome fear… is to laugh at it-we all get through tax time some way…some how… and I have never heard anybody on their deathbed cry out ” Hallelujah! I don’t have to pay taxes ever again… this is so worth it!”

Let’s sit back and see what some famous folks had to say about taxes….with a grin!

Will ROGERS – ” Alexander Hamilton started the US Treasury with nothing and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even.”

Mark TWAIN: ” The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.”

Will ROGERS: ” The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.”

So until tomorrow… forget about taxes -instead look for beauty, laughter, and love… all free and tax exempt!

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Tax free stroll … everyone welcome!
The plants will understand if you need to converse with them over ” taxing issues!” No charge!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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2 Responses to The Joy of Taxes… ” We’re Alive!!!”

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Becky…my sentiments exactly…I “stew” over gathering…organizing…and calculating them …then when I got them back yesterday Mary sat me down for the upteenth time and finally comvinced me that it was all unnecessary …so next year I am only going to bring her a few things because the 2 Excel documents I keep each year are for me but but she doesn’t need themand Uncle Sam owed us …so I think that after 46 yrs I will relax…one of the few advantages to getting older and making less…well worth it in my eyes…now I can check that off…

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Yes… being a retired school teacher has its benefits…even Uncle Sam can’t “squeeze blood out of a turnip!” (Though I am sure he will try!) 🙂

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