Once again, April 15 has arrived. Many of us will be spending part of that day online or at the post office, waiting to mail out our tax returns as the inevitable result of procrastination.
It’s not just Temple students who do this – waiting until the last minute to do taxes is as American as apple pie.
Taxpayers in Des Moines, Iowa, are being offered ice cream at the central post office so the wait in line will be a little sweeter. Mansfield, Ohio, is offering a “postal customer appreciation day” featuring hot dogs, popcorn, health screenings and massages all day Thursday. In San Mateo, Calif., meanwhile, found the ultimate way to entertain late taxpayers: A local radio station agreed to sponsor a dunk tank at the post office with an IRS agent in the dunk seat.
The Central Post Office on 30th and Chestnut streets routinely becomes a madhouse every April 15 with desperate last-minute taxpayers packing the building to its fullest capacity. It’s unfortunate, considering that so many of us receive money back from taxes.
Waiting until the last minute to do taxes is a proud American tradition. No one likes filling out forms or dealing with bureaucracy – why do it until you absolutely have to?
That is why so many of us will have missed a class or two on Thursday to send out our taxes. It may be true that death and taxes are inevitable, but that just makes us put it off even more.