Nobody likes paying taxes. It's unpleasant when you can't quite reap the full rewards of your labor. Of course, taxes are necessary and pay for important stuff, but it's hard to remember that when you hand your money over to the IRS. But it's not all bad! In fact, taxes can remind you of all that you have. Maybe a change in attitude is all you need.
Here are tips to make Tax Day a little more fun:
1. Count Your Blessings, and Your Deductions
Think of all the great things you can deduct! And think about what those deductions mean. Donations? They mean you have excess wealth! Business expenses? They mean you have a job! Children? They mean you have someone genetically predisposed to love you!
2. Be Glad You're Not John Paulson, Who Owes $1 Billion
The Wall Street Journal reported that hedge fund manager John Paulson owes $1 billion in taxes. And that's on top of about $500 million he already paid last year! Paulson made a fortune when he shorted the U.S. housing market in 2007, and deferred payment on his taxes as long as possible. He'll probably need a lottery-sized check to fit all those zeros.
3. It's a Sign Spring Is Coming
Tax Day itself may feel rainy, but remember that dreary April showers bring beautiful May flowers! The middle of April is a time when the last cold winds of winter ease, and the signs of summer inch out. So think of Tax Day as a payment to Mother Nature to hurry it along!
4. You Can Communally Redirect Your Anger Toward the IRS
Nothing brings people together like hating on the IRS every April. So have a celebration of this shared moment at work. Play darts with the IRS logo, with the eagle's eye as center. Have a tea party in honor of King George III, the mad, tyrannical taxer of the American Revolution.
5. Do Something Fun With Your Refund
Everyone loves a refund. It feels like free money, even if it's not. So do something nice for yourself with it. Treat yourself to a nice dinner or take a weekend trip with a friend. Fix that home issue that's been nagging you. Or save it and have a more fun retirement!
6. Remember Above All--It Means You Made Money!
Making money is a necessary precondition to paying taxes. So be grateful for all that money brings, like a home to live in and food to eat. And remember to be grateful for the things money can't bring, like happiness and inner peace.