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Talking it over: They tax it all

We are approaching the end of tax season and like everyone else we recently had our tax return prepared. Like every other year it is a very upsetting time because we pay in so much all year long just to see no returns at the end of the year.

I can understand taxes. I go to plenty of school, city and county meetings to know what they are used for. Things like roads, infrastructure, police and fire protection are very important and I am happy to do my part to keep them intact.

What upsets me, however, is to witness people who obviously have unlimited income, get by with paying very little or no taxes. The rich seem to have all kinds of deductions and loopholes to use when it comes to tax time. One piece of advice that always gets to me is when someone says 'Buy something and then write it off'. First you have to have the money to buy something that is deductible and then be able to use the deduction.

Someone sent me the following ditty by an unknown author that says it all. Hope you can have a stress-free tax season!

Tax his cow, tax his goat,

Tax his pants, tax his coat.

Tax his chew, tax his smoke,

Teach him taxes are no joke.

Tax his car, tax his shoes,

Tax his road that he must use.

Tax his land and tax his wage.

Tax the bed in which he lays,

Tax his tractor, tax his mule,

Teach him taxes are the rule.

Tax his booze, tax his beer,

If he cries, tax his tears.

Tax his notes, tax his cash,

Tax his beans, tax his hash,

Tax him good and let him know,

After taxes, he'll have no dough.

If he hollers, tax him more,

Tax him until he's good and poor.

Tax his coffin, tax his grave,

Tax the sod in which he lays.

Put these words upon his tomb,

"Taxes drove me to my doom."

And when he's gone, you don't relax,

He still must pay inheritance tax.