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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 13, 2012/ 21 Nissan 5772

No EZ way about it

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The birds are singing, the sky is blue and the lilacs are blooming, but I am fixated on a tax form bearing a yellow Post-it that says "SOS."

The SOS is from myself to myself.

This particular SOS concerns a lengthy local tax form that must be filed by May 15th because I am a sole proprietor. It is not easy being a sole proprietor. Truthfully, there are days when it feels like a punishment.

The SOS forms are my business tangible personal property tax returns. As far as I know, there is instruction booklet on how to fill out the forms and no one sends you the forms, but if you forget to file them, they have their own system of yellow Post-its and will let you know they are waiting to hear from you.

For a number of years I filled the forms out myself, but unsure whether "tools, dies, jigs and fixtures" was something I owned or a new dance step, I began having our accountant fill them out.

Last year, the accountant charged a hefty fee. I suspect it is because of the photos in his office of a boat on a lake. I understand the need for a boat, and he deserved the fee, but the fee was three times the pittance I owed in taxes.

The sole proprietor in me, the one who has never been the recipient of any sort of bailout, finds it senseless to pay a fee to fill out forms that will result in a paying a tax that is a fraction of the fee it cost to fill out the forms.

The form wants to know the value of the property I use to conduct business, or write columns. They'd like to know what my computer, chair and desk are worth and tax me on them. The computer isn't new, the chair I sit on is old and the desk I work at loses value each time I kick it in frustration over the forms.

I thought about filling out the forms exactly like the accountant did last year, but some equipment I used was retired out of service, so that changes a lot of little boxes on page 2, the six columns on page 3, thereby altering the total cost, adjusted cost and ultimately the true tax value in Column D.

I thought about writing a check five dollars larger than the amount I wrote last year, but you don't know what you owe until you send in the form and they mail you a bill.

I also considered joining the growing group of people that pay no taxes at all.

I had a great aunt who penned a note to the IRS after her 70th birthday that said, "I have turned 70 and will no longer be paying taxes." And that was the end of that. She never paid taxes again and they never came looking for her. She was ahead of her time.

I have settled on the idea of visiting my local assessor's office to see if they will help me fill out the form. I plan on wearing the SOS Post-it on my coat.

April would be a fine month if only it weren't so taxing.


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