The inability for the federal government to spend money apparently doesn’t get anyone off the hook for any taxes or tax returns they might owe the IRS come Oct. 15.
The good news: no audits! The Internal Revenue Service is suspending all audit activities while the federal government is shut down.
Here’s the bad: if you’re on extension, your 2012 federal income tax return is still due on October 15, 2013. And yes, the IRS will cash your check on time.
So, what is open and what is closed? For a good list the Washington Post has an article that gives us a good idea.
How the Gov't Shutdown May Effect Future Generations
The shutdown provides the country with a perfect moment to ask why a federal government whose spending habits are an insult to hard working Americans is paying above-market compensation to hundreds of thousands of “non-essential” workers.
So, with all of the contention and bickering and name calling is it any wonder where our children get their rage from and why they think its okay to be disrespectful?
Lead by example...is what adults ought to be doing.
Even with all the craziness going on around us, we do also need to think about the positives of what is happening and use those things as teaching moments.
What are some things that we can take away from the Government Shutdown, and share with our children?
- Talk about what is actually shutdown
- Talk about the constitution and founding fathers
- Ask your children what hard work vs working smart means to them
- Discuss the roles of government and its different sectors
- Talk about the nations debt and the short term vs long term consequences
- Is taking this chance for change a good thing? Why, or why not?
- What federal departments really need to be kept?
- What federal departments really need to go?
- Talk about Freedom & Liberty.
John Stossel asked viewers to tune into his to his show so he could show them: “how this could be a good thing, how with less government, people are freer because we have more, we’ll create the jobs and we’ll invent the good things.”
Leave your comments below, and tell us what you think!