Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April is the Cruelest Month

Have you ever heard someone say, "these taxes are killing me"? Apparently, this is more than a figure of speech.  According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, Canadian researchers have found that traffic deaths go up an average of 6 percent on the day that taxes are due.  According the researchers, this isn't the result of taxpayers speeding to the post office to send those returns because the death rates haven't gone down with the increase in e-filing. Instead, they attribute this phenomenon to the stress and distraction caused by worrying over taxes.

I would not advise skipping the taxes to cut down on your stress. You'll still be out there on the road with all of those other keyed-up taxpayers. Plus, I would imagine having to explain your strategy for maintaining psychological health and physical survival to agents of the IRS may well make you a tense driver for a much longer time than a single day.

So, on April 17, just remember that our highways will be populated by hyper-taxed neurotics, in addition to the usual drunks, cell-phone conversationalists, and text-messagers. Stay home if you possibly can.

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