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Just A Point Of Information

I have read that Governor ‘Goodhair’ of Texas wants an income tax form that fits on a post card.

Obviously, no one with more that two neurons wants to put their legal name, Social Security number, and annual income on a post card. Besides you need to include your W-2, so an envelop is required.

On the other hand, Mr. Perry is obviously unaware that for decades you could use the form 1040EZ if you only had wages to report and took the standard deduction. The information required certainly would fit on a post card and it only takes a W-2 form from your employer and a few minutes to work out.

If you are part of the 1%, like most politicians in Washington, you need an accountant and a tax lawyer to take advantage of all of the loopholes you had inserted into the tax code so you could avoid paying taxes.

It is easy to simplify the tax code – all income treated the same, the standard deduction and the individual per person deductions the only things allowed. The only problem with the tax code are all of the special deductions for the 1% that Congress keeps inserting.


1 Steve Bates { 10.26.11 at 11:04 pm }

What Mr. Perry has is a mind whose entire contents could fit on a postcard, with room for a stamp and a signature.

2 Badtux { 10.26.11 at 11:12 pm }

But he has good hair. And good teeth. Don’t forget good teeth. Carl Hiaasen’s Skink could tell you the importance of good teeth to a politician.

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

3 Bryan { 10.26.11 at 11:14 pm }

Yeah, Steve, John Hancock’s 😉

4 Bryan { 10.26.11 at 11:18 pm }

It is hard to believe that Carl Hiaasen is still alive after some of the things he has written. If you are from South Florida you can put real names to most of his characters, and they aren’t from the garden club.

5 Mustang Bobby { 10.27.11 at 5:50 am }

Back in the early 1990’s, before the internet was all over the place, you could literally phone in your tax return. My former partner qualified for the 1040-EZ, and if you had a touch-tone phone, you called an 800 number, followed the instructions, and punched in the numbers on the keypad. He got his refund in a week.

And you’re right, Bryan; most people could probably do it that way.

6 Bryan { 10.27.11 at 11:35 am }

It has gotten more complicated because people are working more than one job these days, when they can find a job, but if you work for a living, the 1040-EZ is the way to go – no tax preparer, no software, simple math, one table look-up and it’s on its way.

7 Steve Bates { 10.27.11 at 4:21 pm }

“John Hancock’s”