Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to Nate’s Monday Morning Message! Did you file your taxes or at the very least, plan to file an extension? Since the 15th fell on a Saturday, and today is Emancipation Day (still observed in the District of Columbia as a legal holiday) the IRS pushed Tax Day to Tuesday, April 18th. Most people I know dread this day – for a variety of reasons from lack of money to pay their taxes, to a resentment for the amount of money they have to pay.

I look at taxes a little differently, and I look forward to paying them on time each year. Tax Day reminds me of the great freedoms I have as an American citizen and I am always appreciative of the men and women who protect those rights – and they are compensated by the money I pay each year. Without taxes, we would not have the services we do in our country. Instead of grumbling this year, why not try an attitude of gratitude? It will make the process of taxes less “taxing” – let’s make it a great week!


Taxation in the United States begins with the colonial protesting the British taxation policy in the 1760s, which lead to the American Revolution. Taxes were collected on imports, such as whiskey and for awhile glass windows. States and localities collected poll taxes on voters and property taxes on land and commercial buildings. State and federal inheritance taxes began after 1900, while the states began collecting sales taxes in the 1930s.


“The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.” - Albert Einstein

“I believe that through knowledge and discipline, financial peace is possible for all of us.” - Dave Ramsey

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining - it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn't solve any problems.” - Zig Ziglar

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” - Benjamin Franklin

“A big part of financial freedom is having your heart and mind free from worry about the what-ifs of life.” - Suze Orman

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals