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Taxable Income

The hoopla of the Holiday Season has now come and gone.
Cash in the bank to pay for that spree is nigh overdrawn!
Just when I thought I was free of serious financial strain,
A packet arrived from the IRS hintin' that its tax time again!

I'll bet the feller who wrote the instructions is still a-grinnin',
As we common folk try to figger it out with our heads a-spinnin'!
My learned wife is smarter than I but she couldn't help me any.
The consarned thing may as well have been written in Afghanistani!

Although the intricacies of the system I don't quite understand,
With my trusty abacus, records and sharpened pencil in hand,
I attack the puzzlin' task hopin' that I can prevail,
Preparin' it to their satisfaction thereby avoidin' jail!

Double checkin my figgers and searchin' for deductions,
I can find no legal way to come up with further reductions.
I stare in dismay at the 'Taxable Income' on line twenty-seven.
Alas, again this year there'll be no manna from heaven!

Even with astute pencil-whippin', withheld taxes come up short.
I may have to mortgage the house to send funds with my report!
Another tax year has ended and again they have bled me dry!
As Honest Abe once said, "It hurts to much to laugh and I'm too old to cry!"

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 5/21/2013 4:14:00 PM

    Just on coffee break, and was reading, this is one made me smile! nice write!! Oh and this comment was written tax free!

  1. Date: 4/26/2013 2:53:00 PM

    I don't think any one's said it better! I've been working on changing insurance company's lately... so I can afford that!

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 4:16:00 PM

    Robert; Tax time is sad and so is this poem, but at the end you made me laugh. I Think that they rob us blind. I have a little money in the bank. It reached Maturity in December. I wanted to take it all out from from one acc. to pay off my car - they didn't let me. They said I could only take out so much , or I would have to pay intrest. I didn't want to work anymore. I quit work anyway. The banks and all of them are crooks. Lucilla

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 10:30:00 AM

    - No one is too old to cry ...... for these tax paperwork is not that easy to understand here in Norway either ..... draw off and add on ..... entered / will not pass ... I'm happy every time I end up with dividend of: 000.00 - The state becomes rich and I have neither more nor less ..... - Thank you for your poem Robest, well written! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 11:40:00 PM

    All the world is one country when it comes to taxes..everywhere seems to be the same..tax and tax and more... : ) Interesting topic dear friend.

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 8:46:00 PM

    This is incredible, I used to work at a Tax Agency, and yes, the forms that they have can be very confusing and are quite complicated! I used a computer program to do the taxes, but the new ones that are out now are just phenomenal in comparison! I hope that you didn't owe in your taxes this year(and the previous years)! Your poem is truly fantastic, a grandiose piece my friend, Great Work!!

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 8:17:00 PM

    Bob H., taxes never make me laugh... I guess we are all held dry, at the end of the year... xox~ Linda