Happy Tax Day!

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It doesn't look like I owe anything and I can file an extension. This byzantine mess still isn't sorted out. Yes, that is with the help of modern software and accounting pro's! I'd hate to have to deal with this using pencil and paper. :wall:

Looking on the bright side - Saturday I'm going rock climbing. Outside. For the first time. I hope the indoor climbing gym did me some good. Interesting tidbit - I caught myself being stupidly unsafe today. I needed to get to some equipment that was just out of reach, so I used a bolt head (5/8" or so hex) as a toehold rather than moving the ladder over a foot or so. :dunce:

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Everybody should look at

Everybody should look at Larkin Rose's recent message about the IRS Caught Cheating.
http://www.861.info/message.html

Tracy

he mentioned that US

he mentioned that US taxpayers spend more money each year preparing their taxes than many countries spend on food, clothing and shelter

I have so far spent more on tax prep than what many people in the world made last year. That is a sad commentary on both the U.S. tax code and the poverty of most of the world.

I don't see contact

I don't see contact information for the webmaster, but could I offer a site design suggestion? I understand and support the hotlink image protection, but I use a server side news aggro, so all the emoticons come out as the blocked image.

I don't think you should take the protection down, but could someone make the image a little smaller so it doesn't throw the layout all out of what when a 150x150 image ends up in a spot intended for a 10x15 icon? (I still click through to see what the image is.)

I also heard David

I also heard David Brancaccio on a plug for Marketplace this morning, and he mentioned that US taxpayers spend more money each year preparing their taxes than many countries spend on food, clothing and shelter...

Radley Balko said it

Radley Balko said it best:

"So let me get this straight: Lawmakers continue to insist on a Byzantine, gordian mess of a tax code that requires us to spend billions annually on tax advice and preparation.

Yet if you call the IRS and ask for advice, not only are you unlikely to get a reply, if you do, there's a good chance the advice you get will be wrong, and following it could still get you prosecuted?