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Your Money & Taxes

Sunday is April 13, 2003 and your tax-filing deadline is just 48 hours away. By this time, if you haven't filed
. . . it's crunch time and not a lot of fun. According to Julia Lusich John, CPA, in the Glendale/La Crescenta area "If you used a tax service or a CPA to file your tax return, you are most likely done or have filed an extension. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you may be facing the April 15th deadline. If you filed early, you are sitting back and relaxing. If not, better get going and don't be late.

I did research to give you some tax tips for now and for next year. Everywhere I looked, there was great advice from CPA's and tax advisors. So, I looked for quotes that might fit for tax time and money. I found some great quotes that may inspire you or make you smile. I hope you enjoy these quotes.

"The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing."
-Jean-Baptiste Colbert
"The use of money is all the advantage there is in having money."
- Benjamin Franklin
"What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist only takes only your skin."
- Mark Twain
"Everybody should pay his income tax with a smile. I tried it, but they wanted cash."
"Make money your God, and it will plague you like the devil."
- Henry Fielding
"Money may be the husk of many things, but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness; days of joy, but not peace or happiness."
- Henrik Ibsen
"Tax loopholes are like parking spaces-they all seem to disappear by the time you get there."
"The object of living is work, experience, and happiness. There is joy in work. All that money can do is buy us some one else's work in exchange for our own. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something."
- Henry Ford
"Money spent on ourselves may be a millstone about the neck; spent on others it may give us wings like eagles."
- Raymond Hitchcock
"The Eiffel Tower is the Empire State Building after taxes."
"A man's treatment of money is the most decisive test of his character - how he makes it and how he spends it."
- James Moffatt
"Taxes are what we pay for civilized society."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Dear Headhunter,
I am an experienced psychologist. I would like your advice on how I might begin a career in journalism. Writing is natural for me, but I would like to know more about planning a transition.

Thank you for your advice,

Dear Ph.D.,
To start your career in journalism, pick a subject/topic that you know well. Write and rewrite until you think it is marketable, then submit it to many publications. You can find the publications that will consider your work in The Writer's Market 2003 book. It is tax time, so when changing careers most costs and expenses are tax-deductible, but check with your accountant.

"Next to being shot at and missed, nothing is as satisfying as an income tax refund."
--F.J. Raymond

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George Gurney has been a leader in the employment industry since 1976. He founded an executive search firm that conducts domestic and international assignments.  He has won numerous awards for recruiting excellence.  He has been a guest speaker at national conventions and seminars.