Tax Day is when all Americans whether they work for large corporations, small businesses, government entities, or doing odd jobs, get to experience the joy of keeping America strong by participating in the tax system. Traditionally this day falls on April 15th, but this year Americans get a reprieve.
No, we don’t get to skip submitting our taxes, we just a small extension. Due to Emancipation Day, the deadline to submit income taxes has been put on hold until April 18, 2016!
Despite this small break, do not expect to see Tax Day celebrations accompanied by fireworks and parades. Workers don’t get the day off. Schools, post offices, businesses, and other organizations are open as usual. The Metro and other public transportation should follow their normal schedules and there shouldn’t be any extra holiday traffic. The only “traffic jams” expected are people lining up at the Post Office trying to get their taxes submitted before the deadline.
Although there may be an overall lack of celebration associated with Tax Day, check out these freebies and specials that some businesses offer to help put a smile on your face.
One of my favorite promotions is from Great American Cookies. David Kaiser, the company’s brand vice president said, “Whether or not you’re receiving a refund this year, Great American Cookies is here to add some more dough to your life.”
And if the offers I shared aren’t enough to make you feel better about Tax Day, just remember that luckily the great state of Texas does not impose a state income tax. For those of us that live in Texas, we only have to be concerned with federal taxes.
Carolyn Kennard is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. She conducts job search skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region. Before embarking on a career in workforce development, Carolyn achieved success in marketing and training with a major oil company. Carolyn holds a B.A. degree from Virginia State University and an M.A. degree from Prairie View A&M University.