Monday, June 02, 2008
Congress Keeps Using That Word. I Do Not Think It Means What They Think It Means.
On May 31, 2008, we received our "economic stimulus" check from the US Department of Treasury for $1,500.

On June 16, 2008, we shall send that $1,500 plus some back to the US Department of Treasury as our quarterly estimated earnings tax (we're self-employed, you see).

Thanks, Congress, for spotting me a little cash flow to pay the government.

If the whole country had to file estimated earnings taxes quarterly, I'd think we'd see a much smaller annual budget.

Maybe I'l go to Vegas on mine if it ever gets here

Indeed. Withholding is the ultimate expression of "out of sight, out of mind." If I had to write a four-digit check to the Feds every 90 days, I'd be (yes, this is possible) even nastier than I am now.

Gee whiz, Charles, if I were making so little I was taxed under $400 a year, I'd be plenty nasty, too.

What can I say? I round to the nearest buck.

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