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October 3, 2023

Footnotes: Happy Tax Day, Y’all! (Except the Canadians) | 04.15.13

Wall Street posts worst day since November 7 on gold's drop, Boston blasts [Reuters]

Psst, procrastinators: Here's why you still haven't done your taxes Oh just shut up. [NBC]

You might do well to avoid the wrath of the IRS if you are a small business owner in Detroit, not Beverly Hills [RT]

Once, in a meeting with a certain Maryland senator, he asked the CPAs in the room why on Earth they were advocating for simplification of the tax code when its complication keeps them in a job. Well duh. [Washington Post]

eHarmony put out a press release just in time for Tax Day encouraging you to date an accountant. Reason #3 is they are ethical while reason #4 is they're good at finding loopholes. Guard your butthole. [BW]

Matthew Yglesias thinks Grover and Intuit make April 15th a pain for the commonfolk [Slate]

Who said it: "April 15, that dread Income Tax day, is around again, and gives us a chance to ruminate on the nature of taxes and of the government itself. The first great lesson to learn about taxation is that taxation is simply robbery. No more and no less. For what is "robbery"? Robbery is the taking of a man’s property by the use of violence or the threat thereof, and therefore without the victim’s consent. And yet what else is taxation? Those who claim that taxation is, in some mystical sense, really "voluntary" should then have no qualms about getting rid of that vital feature of the law which says that failure to pay one’s taxes is criminal and subject to appropriate penalty. But does anyone seriously believe that if the payment of taxation were really made voluntary, say in the sense of contributing to the American Cancer Society, that any appreciable revenue would find itself into the coffers of government? Then why don’t we try it as an experiment for a few years, or a few decades, and find out?" [LR]

We hope everyone is OK in Boston this evening, please be safe out there. [CNN]

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