tax-day

Corporate welfare is subsidized by our taxes. Corporations avoiding taxes passes on the burden of running the country, while the losses in tax revenues are used to cut social programs. These tax avoidance schemes have to end. 

(NOTE: Yearly tuition for all US students totals $60 billion)

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It’s April 15 - Are Your Taxes Done?

State-of-the-art systems at internalrevenueservice are waiting to process your returns!

While punch cards and tape drives seem archaic now, they were a “new dimension” in data processing and tax administration at the time of this IRS educational film, “Right on the Button,” from the late 1960s. 

Excerpted from “Right on the Button.” From the series: Motion Picture Films, ca. 1960 - ca. 1970. Records of the Internal Revenue Service, 1791 - 2006.

Now, go finish those taxes!

Tax Day Drinking: Coconut Zombie Cocktails

Tiki cocktails are coming back in a big way. Don the Beachcomber would be proud of this island-y fresh twist on the classics. Especially on a day like today. Whew! What a push.

Instead of using pineapple juice, we opted to use POM Hula, which is made with a blend of pomegranate and pineapple juices.   

Here’s how it’s done.

Ingredients:

2 oz spiced navy rum

4 oz POM Hula 

1 oz coconut cream

1 oz orange juice

sprig of mint for garnish 

Add all ingredients to a shaker. Shake and strain into a glass (or coconut) over crushed ice. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and a sprig of mint. Cheers!

The woman above is Connecticut industrialist Vivien Kellems, who in 1948 refused to withhold income taxes from her 100-odd employees, saying if the government wanted her to be a tax collecter, they would “have to pay me, and I want a badge.”

She dared the IRS to file suit against her to test the constitutionality of the income tax, but they never did. Despite the fact that her employees were paying their taxes anyway, IRS agents went to her bank and confiscated $6,100. She sued, and though she wasn’t allowed to argue constitutional grounds, was granted a full refund by a district court.

I’d never heard of Kellems before today (perhaps she ought to be added to the Rand/Paterson/Wilder/Hurston bunch of libertarian “founding mothers”?), but she was evidently an author, was among one of the very first women to be featured on Meet the Press, debated Eleanor Roosevelt on taxes, and climbed into a manhole to inspect it while wearing a mink coat.

She also had this to say on the income tax:

The most un-American phrase in our modern vocabulary is “take home pay.” What do we mean, “take home pay”? When I hire a man to work for me we discuss three things: the job to be done, the hours he shall work, and the wages he shall receive. And on Friday when he receives that pay envelope, we have both fulfilled our contract for that week. 

There is no further obligation on either side. The money in that envelope belongs to him. He has worked for it and he has earned it. No one, not even the United States Government, has the right to touch it. Who dares to lay profane hands upon that money, to rudely filch from that free man the fruits of his labor, even before the money is in his own hands.

This is a monstrous invasion of the rights of a free people and an outrageous perversion of the spirit of the Constitution.