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Tax Day 2016 In New Hampshire: April 18 If In NH, April 19 If From MA or ME.

by Anura Guruge


2016 Tax Day, Federally, is NOT Friday, April 15, 2016,
as most people believe it to be.

It is actually on Monday, April 18, 2016 across the U.S.

That is because of the famous Washington D.C.
Emancipation Day” holiday.

It commemorates President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the
“Emancipation Act” on April 16, 1862.
It is celebrated on April 16 each year, in D.C.

April 16, 2016 is a Saturday.

In 2016 D.C. is celebrating it on Friday, April 15.
So the D.C. IRS office is closed.

So Federal Tax day is Monday, April 18.

BUT, April 18 is “Patriots Day” in Massachusetts and Maine.
So they get till April 19.

In NH … it will depend on your filing address.

I called up Concord to get this straight.
I filed weeks ago. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge

Alton, N.H. Property Tax Assessment Values Recalculated — Statistically. Ours, Of Course, Went Up.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Related posts:
0/ Alton: Rate Down 1.75% … — Nov. 30, 2013.
1/ N.H. 2013-2014 tax comparison — Nov. 9, 2013.
2/ Alton 2013 – 2014 tax rate — Nov. 8, 2013.

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Alton, N.H. in 2013 – 2014
is again 23rd lowest …

We got a letter today with our new, HIGHER assessment. C’est la vie. 

Given that we have a rather modest house — and as I said in a recent post I have seen local photographers with cameras worth more than our house — our assessment isn’t that bad.

Just a heads up.

The new 2014 – 2015 rates will come out towards the end of November 2014. They will GO UP. Of that there is no doubt or need for debate.


Alton, N.H., 'Halfmoon Lake', June 2014.

Alton, N.H., ‘Halfmoon Lake’, June 2014.

Alton, N.H. Property Taxes Due Today, December 17, 2013 — IF You Bother To Pay Property Taxes.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
0/ Alton: Rate Down 1.75% … — Nov. 30, 2013.
1/ N.H. 2013-2014 tax comparison — Nov. 9, 2013.
2/ Alton 2013 – 2014 tax rate — Nov. 8, 2013.
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Alton, N.H. in 2013 – 2014
is again 23rd lowest …


I already paid mine.

As I have mentioned before, to my utter bewilderment,
Alton’s in its infinite wisdom and unbelievable largess
does NOT maintain a Tax Delinquent list!

That would also mean they don’t go after those that don’t pay taxes.


I just guess I was brought up wrong.

I kind of have a very true and trusty moral compass
when it comes to what is right and what is wrong,
what one’s civic duties should be
and the importance of maintaining your credibility.

James Michener in his autobiography says something along the lines
“I always considered it a PRIVILEGE to have to PAY taxes …”
and the profoundness of that statement is worth pondering
because that is what I have also always felt about paying taxes.

If I was homeless (as I have been) and had no income
I too would not have to pay any taxes.

Whether you like it or not, whether you stand on your head or not,
you, even in this country, this state and this town,
only have to pay taxes on what you own
and what you make
(after the due exemption).

So I don’t begrudge my taxes
because it means that I still have SOMETHING
to pay taxes on.

I gather, and I could be wrong,
that some of the Alton Central School (ACS)
Board Members don’t pay Alton taxes
— and , of course, there is no requirement for them to do so.
There job is to tell those that pay that they should pay more.
Bully for them.
But they never appear to have had a moral compass.

Happy Tax Day
IF this applies to YOU.

Happy Emancipation Day. It Is A Holiday In D.C. Always On April 16. That Is Why Some Years Tax Day Gets Pushed Back To April 17 …



 ..by Anura Guruge

Click if you have no clue as to what this holiday is about. Has to do with Abraham Lincoln. One of his many brilliant master strokes.

Today’s ‘Tax Day’ Also Marks The 100th Anniversary Of U.S. Federal Income Tax Per ‘Modern Statutes’. Happy Anniversary?



 ..by Anura Guruge

Some Tax Related Posts:
>> IRS form 8949: Copy-and-Paste … — Apr. 13, 2013.
>> IRS Form 8949 Should Be On An Exception Basis … — Apr. 11, 2013.
>> IRS Provided ‘Free Fillable Forms’: Huge Endorsement — Mar. 20, 2013.

I hope some of you at least heard about this anniversary — the key word here being ‘Modern Statutes’, which in this case means the passing of the landmark 16th Amendment, which was ratified on February 3, 1913.

I think, and I could be wrong, that ‘Form 1040’ came into be in 1913. From what I see ‘Tax Day’ in those days was March 1.

True enough the instructions for the 1040 were only 1 page long. But, the 1040 per se was already 3 pages long — though each page is much, much simpler than today.

Click on image to open a (safe) 4-page PDF from taxhistory.org that has all 4 pages from the 1913 return.

16th Amendment.


Alton, NH Tax Base Went Down For 3 Key Reasons — Necessitating The ‘Large’ Increase In The Tax Rate.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


..by Anura Guruge

Just a few of the related posts:
[do a SEARCH (>>>>) on ‘Tax’ for others’]
1. Alton, NH Property Tax ‘Impact’ Has Gone Up 4% Since Last Year
>>Nov. 28, 2012.

2. Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: 23rd Lowest In State! I Am Humbled …
>>Nov. 26, 2012.

3. Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: Highest It Has Been In Last 5 Years
Nov. 19, 2012.

Click to ENLARGE. Comparison of Alton’s tax structure for the last 6 years — from the Alton Town Web site. Note that the ‘Town Valuation’, i.e., tax base, has gone down.

A typical 'mobile' home valuation in Alton -- this is one of the nicer 'parks'.

A typical ‘mobile’ home valuation in Alton — this is one of the nicer ‘parks’. Click to ENLARGE.

Alton Christian Conference Center fire on April 13, 2009 — Easter Weekend [which we witnessed.]

Yesterday was ‘Tax Day‘ in Alton. I dutifully trudged up the stairs and wrote a check. It was around 4pm. It wasn’t busy, but I saw two others coming in with their taxes. Yes, I do know that most pay by mail or have it paid directly by their mortgage holder.

As promised I did, however, dally around and make some discreet (by my standards) inquiries as to what happened to our tax base. Yes, the tax base did go down — as is very clear from the above table.

It appears there were three main reasons for this decline, which in turn forced the Tax Rate to go up because the requisite money has to be collected somehow. The 3 reasons why the base went down were as follows:

1/ Some high-end properties [read ‘waterfront‘] had (by now) unrealistically high (pre-2007) valuations.

2/ A major drop in the value of ‘mobile’ homes. [Anybody who follows the local property market would attest to this. Nonetheless, I went and did some checking using our online ‘Appraiser Valuation’ database. Wow. $62K for a nice, big, well maintained ‘mobile’ — which I think was on the market a few years ago for upwards of $100K. Wow.]

3/ The large number of building that were lost in the 2009 Christian Conference Center fire. The taxes associated with these buildings are gone. Hhhmmm.

I also found out that nobody had said a word about the higher tax rate — confirming my belief that Alton is a very rich town.