I paid my tax bill today. $3,231.00. Plus an $87 penalty for not withholding enough. I think I’ve finally corrected this and hopefully next year won’t be so bad. Still, I find the whole procedure a nuisance. I like Isaac Asimov’s idea. When asked what he’d do with a billion dollars, he answered that he’d turn the whole thing over to the IRS. “I’ve just earned one billion dollars,” he’d say. “Here is every penny of it. Now never bother me again!” It would be totally worth it never to have to worry about filling out paperwork each year, and certainly the government would get it’s fair share. Besides, what would I do with a billion dollars?

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.