On April 15th whether you were happy, neutral, or upset by your 2014 tax filing one thing was for sure; you were impacted. Every year millions of dollars are given or received. Millions of people feel the responsibility of living in the greatest nation in the world.
Homeowners experience a greater impact. As homeowners we have extra taxes, extra credits, extra ways in which we are tied to our government. Oftentimes we blindly pay or receive, because at the end of the day it is what it is. For many the money we pay is deducted from paychecks or rolled into monthly mortgage payments. It is money that we never see in the physical sense. It is money that we never feel in our hands, and never fork over to the pizza delivery person, so we don’t think about it.
Tax day forces us to think about that money, even if only to sign our tax filings. For my family April is often a time that we reevaluate our spending habits of past year and vow that this year we will be wiser, more learned, and thus more active in our own government and the choices that it makes.
This year I followed through on my education. One of the first things that I did, after guidance of an extremely knowledgeable realtor, was to check out the website http://www.nchomeownersalliance.org/. North Carolina Homeowners Alliance is an organization with a super simple website that allows me to read up on what is happening in the General Assembly with regards to homeowner’s rights. The best part is that I am able, with a couple of clicks, to add my name to petitions that end up straight in the hands of the people that I have voted to speak for me and my family.
I got fired up by reading some of the posts and have vowed to remain an active part of the decisions that are made on my behalf. This is not a post aimed at politics in the Republican / Democrat sense. It is a post emphasizing that knowledge is power.
What websites, organizations, actions help you to feel more connected with your government and finances? Share with us