Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
I’m a W-2 employee with employer provided health insurance. My wife is retired, collecting Social Security and a pension. We buy license tabs, pay interest on our home mortgage and give to charity. We adjusted our withholding so we break even – no refund but nothing due. With the new simplified tax code, we should be able to file our tax return on a postcard, right? But no, State and Federal is 17 pages. I lack the skill to file on paper and lack the patience to play with software so I pay a tax preparor $200 to dot the “I’s” and cross the “T’s.”
If we lived in a socialist country, I wouldn’t have to deal with any of that. They government would pay for all my expenses and keep everything I earn aside from doling out a small allowance, same as when I was a kid living with my parents. It’s beginning to appeal to me.
As long as I’m the “parent”, I sure don’t mind.
Somehow, that seems unlikely.