Tax Bills

The Tax Attic with Jerry Coon – September 24, 2009

September 24, 2009 // 0 Comments

How are tax bills formed? As I said last week, I’m not really a superstitious person. However, when it comes to sporting venues, I do have one or two rituals that I do observe. For example, I have played either fast-pitch softball or slow-pitch softball most of my adult life. I have a set manner of getting ready to bat that has served me quite well for almost 40 years now. When it’s my turn to bat, I make sure time is called and acknowledge and engage the umpire and the catcher with some small talk. The pitcher patiently waits while I go through my routine because he sees I’m talking to the umpire and his catcher. I then smooth out the batter’s box so I’m able to efficiently get out of the box when I hit the ball. Next, I survey the fielders to see where they are playing me. As the old saying goes, “Hitting is the science of hitting it where the fielders ain’t,” but in order to do that you have to know where they are. I have already watched the pitcher as he warmed up or pitched to the batter in front of me, so I have a good feeling of how and where he is trying to put the ball. Now I’m ready to bat. If I don’t go through that sequence, I don’t feel like I’m ready to bat and the odds of me hitting the ball hard and hitting it where I want it to go are slim. I have given the pitcher an advantage over me. If something interrupts me, I try to start over. Did you ever see Tiger Woods set up and then stop as he was ready to swing and then start his sequence over? It’s no different than me. Except, of course, he is playing for millions and I’m playing for fun. Congress also observes rituals when it comes to making tax law. They have an exact sequence they follow when creating a law. Unfortunately, they know that sequence all too well. Just exactly how does a law like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 come into existence? Initially, the Senate or the House survey the field or political landscape […]