These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Whatever-Day-It-Is Trivia


This came in today, and I'll make it a quick post. I know it's not Tuesday. But it is Tax Day!

Tax Day is on April 15 each year because it allows the IRS more time to handle the work and also gives the government more time to offer taxpayers' refunds. This day was decided upon in 1955 after several changes over the years. It only changes if Tax Day falls on a weekend or holiday, and then Tax Day will be on the following business day.

The country's first income tax law came into existence in 1862. Due to the gigantic expense of the Civil War, a person earning between $600 to $10,000 paid a yearly tax rate of 3%; those that made more were taxed higher.

The Commissioner of Internal Revenue was formed in 1862 to assess and collect taxes as well as enforce tax laws by seizing property and income and using prosecution as punishment. In 1953, the Bureau of Interal Revenue became the Internal Revenue Service, or as we call it, the IRS.

There are over 7 million words in tax law and regulations. That beats the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and the Gettysburg Address combined.

Almost 300,000 trees are cut down each year to make the paper for all the forms and instructions relating to taxes.

Tax Freedom Day is the one day that the country as a whole has earned enough income to fund its annual tax burden. This year's Tax Freedom day falls on April 13.


"I'm proud to pay taxes in the United States; the
only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money."

Arthur Godfrey, (1903-1983), American radio and television broadcaster
and entertainer, sometimes introduced by the nickname, The
Old Redhead.


  1. Tax day is a bit of a celebration at my little office here in Atlanta. Last night I watched a bit of Hannity (I do this sometimes for the humor) and watched his coverage of the Tea Party here in Atlanta. I doubt any of the protesters saw the irony: their taxes paid for the war - the one that made them cry "treason" when the anti war protesters were in the streets not so long ago.

  2. I'm thinking we need to save the trees!

  3. Lyni, I'm sorry I missed your birthday!! Gosh, I've had so much WORK at work lately, I'm falling behind on the important things! Argh!

    I hope you had a wonderful day, and that the pups showered you with love & kisses. :)

  4. Julie, I can imagine the celebration. My accountant closes the office for a few days after 4/15, so they can rest before jumping on the extensions. He said one year he opened a bottle of wine to celebrate the end of the worst, but they were all so tired that after one glass, they were too tipsy to drive! One of the spouses came to drove everyone home!

    Kim, I agree. NO MORE TAXES!!! LOL!!

    Sandra, no problem. I did have a wonderful day, was taken to a superb dinner by my guests! And the pups .... that goes without being said!


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