Archive | April, 2012

Tax Day

April 15 is Tax Day!

Tax day is the day individual income tax returns are due to the federal government (at the very latest).

The Revenue Act of 1861 was introduced to the American public to help fund the Civil War by collecting taxes. In those early tax days, payments were deduced based on assessment rather than voluntarily filing tax returns.

To file your taxes, gather the 1099 and W-2 forms that are sent to you by your work, bank, and/or broker. You can bring these forms to an accountant, who can file your tax return for you, or use them to fill out an online tax return yourself. Whatever your method, make sure your taxes are completed by April 15th!

Sources: Wikipedia, Novel Investor

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In Memory of Thomas Kinkade

Thomas Kinkade died suddenly late Friday night at his home in California at age 54. Family spokesman David Satterfield said the death was unexpected, but appeared to be of natural causes.

The Painter of Light was a devout Christian and wanted to make people happy with his work. His paintings of churches, lighthouses, cottages, and gardens can be found in an estimated 1 of every 20 homes in America.

Kinkade’s paintings have been reproduced on everything from posters, cards, and calendars to plates and carousels. He truly brought light to others with his works and will be missed.

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National Walk to Work Day

The first Friday in April is National Walk to Work Day!

Today is intended to have a positive effect on the health of society and be a break for our environment from the pollution that is emitted by vehicles.

It is estimated that a whopping 86% of Americans take their car to work, 5% ride public transportation, and the remaining use alternate means of transportation. Take this opportunity to help reduce carbon emissions by walking to work today.

Walking has been proven to prevent obesity, reduce “bad” cholesterol, increase “good” cholesterol, lower body fat, reduce fatigue, and improve your overall mood. You really can’t go wrong with all of those health benefits!

If your workplace isn’t exactly within walking distance, we wouldn’t recommend walking a few miles on the highway and dodging cars just to celebrate National Walk to Work Day. Just take a nice long walk when you get home – we’ll understand!

Sources: SF Examiner, Huffington Post

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