ONE OF TWO CERTAIN THINGS – What I’m Thinking About Today

1. It’s Wednesday, April 15, 2015. It’s the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

2. Oh yeah, it’s also the day you are required to file your 2014 tax return.

3. I paid a lot to the IRS this year. That’s not what bothers me. Paying my taxes, no matter how much they are, doesn’t bother me. I live in this country, I take advantage of what it provides me, I’m cooling with paying my share — and even some of the share of people who can’t afford to pay their share. I believe in government, and I’ll put my money where my mouth is.

4. That said, I hate the process of doing taxes. Hate it. And I have someone do my taxes for me. If I had to do my taxes myself, I’d go crazy. The forms. The gathering of data. The figuring out who gets what.

5. If you haven’t done your taxes, or you have but you haven’t paid what you owe the IRS, the person who can help you the most at 10 a.m. on April 15 is my former colleague Jeanne Sahadi at CNNMoney. I’m convinced Jeanne knows more about the tax process than most of the people at IRS headquarters. Her Twitter handle is @jjsahadi and her most recent stories are: http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/13/pf/taxes/irs-payment-plans/index.html http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/09/pf/taxes/filing-your-taxes/index.html

6. The Mets are either going to make this a season to remember, or drive me nuts before the end of April. Or both. Last night’s game — the return of pitcher Matt Harvey to Flushing — was expected to be a tour de force for the wunderkind. But he struggled a bit and, in the process, there were hit batsmen, a stupid catcher’s interference call and an injury to Mets captain David Wright. The Mets won, though, and there’s always something good about that. 

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