IT’S BEGINNING TO FEEL A LOT LIKE TAX TIME

IT’S BEGINNING TO FEEL A LOT LIKE TAX TIME
(To tune of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” by Meredith Willson (1951))

It’s beginning to feel a lot like tax time
April of the year
You’ve been scouring your checkbook for
Some charity checks and more
Taxes on the homestead you love dear

It’s beginning to feel lot like tax time
Must they ruin the spring?
Feel afraid of the debt you’ll owe
Afraid Uncle Sam will know
That you have not reported everything

Deduct for the family trip, even the wine that you sip
Claiming everything that you spend or do or use
Driven miles on the family car, no matter to where or how far
Self-assessment clouds the mind like booze
And those who face an audit jam the pews

It’s beginning to feel a lot like tax time
Moral codes eschew
Who’s to prevent you if, you take off for a nifty skiff?
And sail away across the ocean blue

It’s beginning to feel a lot like tax time
Bribe your CPA
Stick a pin in a voodoo doll, take a loan from your uncle Sol
Then file your tax return and pray

Lyric © 2012 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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WATCH THE TAX RETURN YOU FILE

As the deadline draws near for filing extended 2011 personal tax returns, I thought an admonition appropriate.

WATCH THE TAX RETURN YOU FILE
(To tune of “What a Difference a Day Made,” by Maria Mendes Grever and Stanley Adams, made famous by singer Dinah Washington)

Watch the tax return you file
Watch what you put inside it
You’ve earned income, don’t hide it
Report every line true
I’m warning you

Think that big windfall you’ll shelter?
That tax law’s helter-skelter?
Think again, you will swelter
In the heat of a jam
A tax exam

Will happen, then you
May find grief to your menu
Watch the tax return you file
Because, they’re watching you

 Lyric © 2012 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved