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A Taxpayer Speaks

A TAXPAYER SPEAKS

Years ago when filing tax forms reared its proliferating death’s head
I cursed, perspired, and thought about moving to a foreign homestead
As a low-income taxpayer I felt too unimportant to hire an accountant
So I filed and filed for years, at all times a very incompetent combatant
Penalties-plus-interest plagued me and I could not raise a skilled defense
Prolonged tax failures destroyed my sense of self-confidence
It was past time to explore options to end to all this tax nonsense 
Waking to a new day I jumped out of bed at the crack of dawn
And scoured the yellow pages for a tax advocate to call upon
After detailing my sad tax history they agreed to take my case head-on
My tax life was now covered by tax experts with knowledge and brawn
My “Tax-Saviors” wasted no time plunging into battle early-on
Past tax filings were messy, chaotic, confusing and jumbled
Yet they contended, defended, persevered and never crumbled.
I have learned that tax advocate giants who defend vulnerable taxpayers
Give Tax Dictators headaches for they are tougher and tenacious tax players .

A tribute is due these Tax Defenders who aid us so nobly
And recalling the moving inscription on our Statue of Liberty
(An Emma Lazarus 1883 poem composed in New York City)
My tribute follows and is submitted very humbly
(please forgive the “re-phrasing” substituted for clarity):

Give us your tired, your poor, your tax-ignorant masses,
Yearning to breathe free who have no one to file their taxes
Oh, send these huddled and tortured masses,
(Who feel so inept and like derisory asses)
To Tax Saviors who lay waste to all kinds of tax matters
Rescuing taxpayers dwelling in indecision and tax-law tatters
These Tax-Saviors welcome all with an open-door policy
And any taxpayer who makes the journey
Will at last enjoy fear-free tax filing yearly.”

(However, new tax laws are being drafted by devious Tax Dictators 
Who derive joy from harassing captive taxpaying participators!)

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  1. Date: 2/27/2015 10:46:00 PM

    Then we are in the same boat, Carol. I will be 80 in a couple of months, Hubby is 82, and we aren't required to file anymore either. But being below poverty level has its down side too. I did for family and friends what that firm did for you. I've been doing taxes professionally since 1969. But now I barter. Taxes for a beautician in exchange for haircuts, etc. pies for Chico's fruit stand in exchange for Pecans and apples. : - )
  1. Date: 2/27/2015 11:26:00 AM

    Oh Yes! The tax laws are odious, but the tax forms are more odious still, requiring a psychologist to interpret. And, even when you get it right, if you print it on the wrong line, it takes a magician to straighten it all out! The way to get even is to live long enough, and have an income low enough, to be exempt from filing. But that has its down side too.

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