March 18, 2019

The Taxman


I realize the taxman job is to squeeze every penny he can out of the taxpayers pockets but when I heard the local news on the radio today that he wants to put a tax on prayer cards at the funeral home and cremation urns for ashes after you die I thought was a little bit sickening even for the taxman.

I’d like to share a tax story that just happened to me today, After watching my granddaughter Olivia dancing competition all day at the convention center in Providence I decided to stopped in one of Whole Foods stores for a little snack, I went to the deli counter and ordered one spinach pie for four dollars, The very cheery worker asked If I wanted it heated In the oven where they make the pizzas, being a frequent shopper at this store I know if I purchased the same spinach pie at the hot bar not the cold deli I would have to pay a 7% meal tax (28 cents) I said to myself the heck with it “heat it up”, to my pleasant surprise the price was still only four dollars, go figure. So the moral of the story is if you want to get a spinach pie at Whole Foods “don’t Get it at the hot bar” Get it at the deli and have them heat it up it the pizza oven and you won’t have to pay the meal tax. Please don’t tell the tax man about this.

Jean Baptiste Colbert said it best: The art of taxation consists of plucking the goose so as to obtain the most feathers with the least hissing.”

David Di Saia
179 Warren Ave
East Providence RI


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