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Beware, the tax man cometh

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webmaster | 04/14/12

Remember, tonight is a fundraising dinner for Madera Community Hospital Foundation. To be held at Hatfield Hall at the Madera Fairgrounds, the event has the theme of Bikes and Rods, and dress is casual biker. Music will be played by Madera’s own Yard Dogs. Tickets at the door are $40, and it promises to be a great party. Support our local hospital and have fun at the same time.

Since April 15 falls on Sunday, Tuesday is the deadline for filing one’s 2011 income tax return. In spite of being disorganized and late getting my information to the firm of Quady and Leal CPA, they got my return filed in plenty of time to make the deadline. I always feel the money paid to have my taxes done by professionals is the best “peace of mind,” money spent each year. Of all the things that frighten me, the Internal Revenue Service ranks right up there with the monster that lives in the darkest corner of my closet. You should always close the closet door when you go to sleep to protect yourself from the closet monster.

Yesterday was Friday the 13th. I understand the number 13 frightens some people, but it delights and excites me. The next Friday the 13th is in July, and it is the last one of the year. In 2013, there are only two, in September and December.

Of all the phobias I have, triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13, isn’t included...


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