The American Dilemma and How We Can Fix It

ROSSINI AND THE TAX MAN

As we are on the eve of that fateful day, April 15th which will usher in a total eclipse of the moon, the beginning of Passover (good Lord deliver us) and, of course, the deadline for filing our individual tax returns, it seems appropriate to ease the burden of all this weighty stuff by listening to a little soothing music.

The overture to Gioachino Rossini’s two act opera, “La Gazza Ladra,” (The Thieving Magpie) seems especially appropriate – particularly as it relates to the third of the events enumerated above.  I make that statement not so much because of the wonderful music but because of the title of the piece.

Those last minute tax preparers will probably identify with the sense of urgency that the music builds as it rushes to its final climax.  And, of course, we must not overlook the famous “Rossini crescendo” which the composer incorporated into virtually all of his work.

So sit back, enjoy, get a pot of coffee going, pull out all the papers you’ve stored in shoe boxes and know that you’re engaged in a patriotic duty as you get ready to figure out how much money you are going to send to the IRS so that Ms. Lois Lerner can enjoy a comfortable retirement.

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Comments on: "ROSSINI AND THE TAX MAN" (3)

  1. One of the pleasures of retirement is when you have an income under the threshold here you don’t have to lodge a tax return any more. Enjoy your tax preparation, as I recall it can be a complicated business.

    • It’s so complicated that the IRS says a taxpayer cannot rely on the advice of its own employees as they are not the “authority” on the law. That should give everyone pause.

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