TOP will be on hiatus for a day or two. My fellow Americans know what time of year this is....
Mike, whose talents do not include accounting
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john cross: "Can you enlighten us in the rest of the world who have no idea what you mean by that comment?"
Mike replies: Sure. "U.S. persons," which is apparently the current term of art, are required to compute their own tax bills and submit their accounting and remit their payments to Federal and State governments on April 15th (the date can change slightly under various extenuating circumstances).
Naturally this is the subject of many laws. "The United States tax code is complex," Wikipedia states, drily, in one of the great understatements in human history. The article continues, "On January 10, 2010, the then commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Douglas Shulman, told C-SPAN that he uses a tax preparer to do his federal income tax return because he finds the tax code too complex to handle the job himself." To quote a common children's expression, "him and me both."