It's Tax Day is Monday! (Sarcastic cheers) Hopefully you filed months ago and your refund has already been spent. Or maybe you are scrambling trying to find an H&R Block with an open appointment.
Taxes may seem like such a hassle each year. I mean they are already taking from you every paycheck right? As much of a hassle it is a necessary part of living in the United States.
Like Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr said in 1904..
"Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society"
So where exactly do our tax dollars go? Well the most basic of goods and services for the public are funded by tax dollars. Things like social services, state and local police, national defence, public education, health care for elderly and even financial aid. This is quite a change from what taxes in historical times paid for. In Ancient Egypt taxes were placed on cooking oil and slaves. In Russia in 1702 taxes were placed on beards, beehives, boots and souls!
Happy Tax Day!