Benjamin Franklin was a Founding Father of the USA, he was brilliant individual who tinkered, invented, was well-read, and philosophized a lot. He was also known for writing a lot of thought-provoking, reflective letters. In one particular letter, he popularized a saying about the certainties of life that is heavily quoted this time [tax season] of the year: “… in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Let’s examine these certainties a bit further.
“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789
It is that time of the year again; tax season is upon us and the IRS is waiting for you. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the USA is a powerful government agency. If you do not pay your taxes, there will be heavy consequences, like fines and possibly jail time. I do not know about you, but I am no recalcitrant when it comes to doing my taxes. I cannot offer you any advice on how to do your taxes. I can only recommend hiring a professional or using a proven tax software to alleviate the mental taxation, anxiety, and worry brought on by doing your taxes.