I just got back from a vacation in the Outer Banks. It was a week long of relaxation. In fact, I was so relaxed that it felt as if we were gone for a month, not a week.
As I posted last month, I just celebrated my 20 year wedding anniversary. Like most married men, I do a lot for my family and my wife. But I also think I might do some things that some men wouldn't do, such as vacuuming the house, going antique shopping, spending my free time with my wife and kids (and not golfing). In fact, I spend all of my free time with my wife and kids, except for my stress reliever of choice - bodybuilding (weightlifing and running). Sometimes I wonder if I am "whipped." Actually, I know I am "whipped." I think I was "whipped" 22 years ago when my wife and I met.
What do I mean by "whipped"? Well, I don't mean it in a bad way. I think it just means that you love your wife or family more than yourself. That you would do anything for them. That you would rather spend your time with them than doing other things.
A wife of a good friend of mine recently had a birthday. My friend went all out for his wife's birthday. Buying fancy jewelry, flowers, dinner, and some other things I can't remember. I told him it sounded like he was "whipped" like me. He responded, "yes, very whipped."
Now, you are probably thinking - what does this have to do with state and local taxes. Well, as a company operating in multiple jurisdictions you can often feel like you are "whipped." For example, the compliance burden may feel out of control, trying to keep up with the daily legislation, court rulings, etc. may seem like a daunting challenge, and audits may seem to pop up when you least expect it demanding your time (and your money).
If you feel "whipped" by your state and local tax burden, hit the "reset button" and get control. Unlike being "whipped" by your spouse, being "whipped" by state and local taxes is no fun.