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April 8, 2014

Times two during April tax season

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NORMAN —

Then another deduction or two will appear.

“But I didn’t plan on twins,” Myron tells his friend. “My wife and I are happy about it, but I’m worried. How can I take care of two at a time?”

His friend advises him, “Check with your financial adviser. Those little dividends will help at tax time.” Myron found out there is nothing like times two in April.

Perhaps counting begins with piles of stones. Each usually bears the weight of a sign, plus or minus.

Josh is just learning to count. His sister is helping him learn. “Here, Josh,” she tells him. “I subtract one cookie from your pile and then add it to my pile. Now can you remember those two words, ‘add’ and ‘subtract’?”

His sister may be on her way to becoming a financial adviser. Except, Josh isn’t convinced.

“Sure, I remember,” he says. “I s-s-subtract a cookie and then one more from your pile and I a-a-add two to mine. Right?”

Policy about changing the way Americans pay income tax pops up from time to time. Yet everyone paying the same taxes wouldn’t be nearly as exciting. It’s almost like Christmas in April to open the tax consultant’s brown envelope.

Surprise!

Shirley Ramsey, a retired professor of journalism, lives in Norman.

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