Terminal Lance #172 “Tax Time”
January 17, 2012
It’s a new year and we all know what that means: Resolutions! Wait, no… taxes.
Yes, it’s that time again and there’s nothing you can do about it. Whatever “business expenses” you choose to write off is entirely between you and whoever ends up filing it; however I would recommend not trying to write off your alcohol. Ask Abe, it doesn’t work.
For the record, the on-base tax folks actually do a pretty great job of filing and getting everything prepared for you. My first time as an active duty Marine, I went to H&R Block because I assumed the voluntary tax-people would be… well… military-grade. Well, H&R Block did a good job, nothing went wrong anyway. However, it cost a substantial amount of money just for a federal and one state return. The next year, I opted to do it on base. I was on leave in Los Angeles at the time actually, so my wife and I drove all the way down to Camp Pendleton just to get it done. This was a great idea, it turned out, because we got a good return and the guys on base are much more familiar with military circumstances than a civilian office.
Anyway, I don’t really have any witty commentary for this, just don’t forget to get your taxes done. As well, give the guys on base a shot. Yes, they’re POG’s, but they do a great job.
On the subject of alcohol, I think it’s very true that many that enlist end up becoming alcoholics. I think this is because of a lot of things such as stress, peer pressure, depression, etc. The Marine Corps itself, and the man’s club that the infantry is, really encourages the consumption of vast amounts of alcohol. What is “Warrior’s Night”, after all, but an excuse for 18 year olds to try and get shit-faced off of two beers (or more if they’re sneaky enough)?
If you’ve ever been in the infantry and ever been to the barracks on a Friday night, you’ll know definitely understand what I mean when I say that drinking is encouraged.
But hell, if you’re going to war anyway, you may as well drink up while you can.