• Tax Day (Taxes Due) History

  • Tax Day marks the last day to file income taxes in the United States.  The history of US Income Tax dates back to the Civil War and the Revenue Act of 1861.  This tax was imposed to help pay the costs of the war.  After several repeals, new taxes, and subsequent repeals, the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified and went into law in 1913.  This established the right of Congress to impose a Federal Income tax.
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  • The Income Tax remains the primary way that the US Government finances itself. To ensure that all monies due for the prior year are paid, a Tax Day was created. All US taxpayers are required to file taxes based on prior years earnings by this date.  Traditionally this date has been on April 15 of each year.  If this day falls on a weekend, the due date is extended to the following Monday.  This date is also impacted by the Emancipation Day Holiday in Washington DC.
  • Tax Day (Taxes Due) Facts & Quotes

  • The date of Tuesday April 17, 2017 represents the filing deadline to submit 2016 tax returns. The date doesn't fall on Monday, because it is the District of Columbia Emancipation Day, which is regarded as federal holidays when it comes to federal income taxes.
  • In 1913, the original US income tax rates were 1% for incomes over $3,000; 6% for incomes over $500,000.Earth Day History - Saturday, April 22, 2017
  • Earth Day seeks to highlight and promote efforts dedicated to the protection of the environment.  As we enter the 21st century, we face many environmental crises, including global warming, deforestation, endangered wildlife, shortages of potable water and widespread pollution, all which negatively affect our planet’s resources and can have adverse effects on our long-term lifestyle and health.

     

    Earth Day - Friday, April 22, 2017

    In 1970, a US Senator named Gaylord Nelson was inspired to bring about mass public awareness of environment problems. He heavily promoted the day across the nation in an effort to gather the largest amount of public support possible and ultimately, in the hopes of elevating environmental protection onto the national political agenda. This day in 1970 marked the creation of United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.

      Today, Earth Day is celebrated by billions of people around the world and is observed in over 190 countries. Worldwide, Earth Day celebrations utilize educational programs to inform people of ways that can help protect the environment and its natural resources. It is observed annually on April 22nd and is celebrated as International Earth Day.

    Earth Day Facts & Quotes

    • During the 2015 UN Conference in Paris, France, participating nations concurred on the need for action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The countries cooperatively pledged to keep global temperature rise below 2C (3.6F). In celebration of Earth Day 2016 on April 22nd, the landmark agreement that testifies to this global commitment was signed at the UN Headquarters in New York by 175 participating nations.The history of Earth Day 2017 dates back to 1970 when it was first celebrated in 1970. It was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson to promote ecology and the respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution.
    • Energy Star rated LED light bulbs use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.  Switching entirely to LED lights over the next two decades could save the U.S. $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50 percent and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions.
    • In 2013, the US emitted 14.7 trillion pounds (14,700,000,000,000lbs) or 6.6 trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents 'Greenhouse Gases'.
    • In the past 50 years, humans have consumed more resources than in all previous history. - U.S. EPA, 2009. Sustainable Materials Management: The Road Ahead.
    • We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. - Native American Proverb

    During World War I, around 1918, the highest income tax rate was over 77%.

    The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government. - James Madison, U.S. President A tax loophole is something that benefits the other guy.  If it benefits you, it is tax reform. - Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator

     

    Administrative Professionals' Day History - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Administrative Professional's Day celebrates and gives thanks to administrative professionals including secretaries, receptionists, and office assistants.  It is observed during the last full week of April on Wednesday.

    Administrative Professionals' Day Facts & Quotes

    • Formerly called National Secretary's Day, the name was changed to Administrative Professional's Day in 2000 to keep up with changing job titles.
    • 8.9 million people work in administrative support roles in the U.S.
    • The last full week of April is designated to Administrative Professional's Week.
    • The original Secretaries Day was designed to attract potential employees.  It was thought that this would help alleviate the skilled office worker shortage.
    • Always be nice to secretaries.  They are the real gatekeepers in the world - Anthony J. D'Angelo

     

    Arbor Day History - Friday April 28, 2017

    Arbor Day is a celebration of trees and their importance to providing shelter, stabilization for the ground, and beauty to the beholder. While Arbor Day is a US holiday, several other countries have adopted similar observances including Japan, Australia, Korea and Yugoslavia. In 1970, President Richard Nixon declared Arbor Day a federal holiday and it is observed the last Friday in April each year.

    Arbor Day Facts & Quotes

    The first Arbor Day was celebrated April 10, 1872 in the State of Nebraska. More than 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska as they celebrated the first Arbor Day. A single tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old. Newspaper editor, Julius Sterling Morton  began Arbor Day to help bring attention to the importance of trees. Since the Yellowstone Fires of 1988, the Arbor Day Foundation has partnered with the US Forest Service. Through this partnership, over 25 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted. The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. -Proverb

     

     

     

    Administrative Professionals' Day Facts & Quotes

    • Formerly called National Secretary's Day, the name was changed to Administrative Professional's Day in 2000 to keep up with changing job titles.
    • 8.9 million people work in administrative support roles in the U.S.
    • The last full week of April is designated to Administrative Professional's Week.
    • The original Secretaries Day was designed to attract potential employees.  It was thought that this would help alleviate the skilled office worker shortage.
    • Always be nice to secretaries.  They are the real gatekeepers in the world - Anthony J. D'Angelo

     
  • The Month of April

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