JUST FOR SUNDAY, 4/15/12

Apr 15th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Federal Tax Deadline-Day

For many, today marks the most secular day in the calendar of events which occur every year.  While, falling on a Sunday, April 15 is usually more notoriously known for the official deadline for submitting one’s taxes to the Government.  Since it falls on Sunday, the tax deadline is given two more days of grace, before midnight,  April 17, Tuesday.

Thus, we are able to set aside, if we dare, submitting our tax forms until Tuesday, which is just one more way to allow procrastinators to completely ruin another week.  We dare not, or, at least, do so at our own peril, delay beyond that.  Doing so is fraught with its own pitfalls and intimidations.

What is really critical about all this is that there are many more important and critical things about this day that marks our recognition of it and an adherence to its rules. For so long, we have been reminded that there are two givens upon all of us:  “Death and Taxes.”  Increasingly, it appears that there are some real questions as to how many of us may qualify for the latter.  While most of us attempt to delay the former, the latter seems to be an increasingly optional choice.  At least for some.

The Positive Side of Taxes

Now, today, we come to one of those peculiar moments when we are given the occasion to consider what all of this means.  Taxes have been given a rather villainous reputation.  However, when considering what taxes buy, it may be to our credit to evaluate just what we would have to live without, if we forgo paying them. The question becomes, would we be willing to surrender all the advantages and benefits that taxes offer?  Would we be willing to see many go without the basics of survival, if the safety net suddenly developed huge and irreparable holes?

How about the foundation stones of our enormously intertwined culture?  Could we get along without them?  What say we of all the supportive systems for the aged, the disabled, the wounded from wars, the increasing numbers injured and ruined by major catastrophes?  How about our ability to defend ourselves and to be protected by systems whose job it is to “protect and serve?”  The list grows laboriously long.  Flippant disregard for the consequences of “tossing aside” so much that is bought by taxes may leave us stunned and awakened  by the reality  of becoming completely libertarian in our ideology.

Just for Today, along with  these two ”free tax days”, we may want to give some consideration to what it means to live in a culture of shared camaraderie and responsibility .



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  1. Dear Sir, I want to make a comment about your discount page. On your page you have Kmart listed as a location that you can get a 20% discount at. Well I tried to get a discount at my local Kmart, they informed me that they do not authorized any senior discounts, I even showed them the information from your site and they said they do not have a senior discount program, what they do have is a 20% discount on prescriptions as a Gold Kmart member card and be 55+ to get 20% off your prescription at locations with a pharmacy. May I suggest you up date this information to you followers. So they are inform with the correct information. I was quite embarrassed while instancing that I was told I could get a discount on my purchases at Kmart. Thank for your informative site.

  2. Our most sincere thanks to you for pointing out this error in our Senior Discounts List! We found the correct information as a result of your comment, and have corrected the List. Indeed, the ‘up to 20%’ discount is on prescriptions, and enrollment in the Gold K program is required. It is available to anyone 50 or older. We apologize for the embarrassment and inconvenience this created for you. Senior Citizen Journal is committed to providing factual information to seniors; when we make a mistake such as the one you pointed out to us, we are grateful for the opportunity to correct it.

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