Tax Day

Filed at last: The best (and strangest) ways to celebrate Tax Day

By Tina Irgang

This week is your last chance to file your taxes, and if you’d like to celebrate after you’ve done the work (or possibly while you’re doing it), the internet has some ideas for you.

  1. Bake some money cookies. Pinterest is full of helpful party-planning tips and highly unrealistic home improvement projects. For Tax Day, the site suggests cookies in the shape of dollar bills and table settings that feature Turbo Tax centerpieces.
  1. Have an Income Tax Cocktail. The cocktail, which includes gin, vermouth and orange juice, probably got its name due to the presence of bitters in the recipe, which is supposed to remind us of the bitterness of tax season, according to The Kitchn.
  1. Celebrate National “That Sucks” Day instead. Creating new holidays that are celebrated mostly on social media has become something of a national pastime. As for April 15, it is not only the traditional date for Tax Day, but also the day Abraham Lincoln was killed and the day the Titanic sank. This confluence of events has inspired “holiday creator” Bruce Novotny to establish a National “That Sucks” Day, according to CNBC. If you have questions about this, there is an official “That Sucks” FAQ section.
  1. Play “Pin the Tail on the IRS Commissioner.” This game, recommended by DailyZilla, involves printing a picture of the current IRS commissioner, blowing it up to poster size and affixing the picture of his head to the body of a donkey. After that, proceed in the usual way.
  1. Have a tax-themed movie marathon. The lineup suggested by Daily Finance includes several classics, such as The Untouchables (Al Capone was brought down by his failure to file tax returns), The Adventures of Robin Hood (wherein Prince John burdens his people with frivolous taxes) and The Blues Brothers (because the orphanage where the brothers grew up is threatened with closure due to unpaid back taxes).
  1. Take a road trip to Delaware. Delaware famously charges no sales tax on your purchases, so if you are looking to spend your refund, it’ll go further there.
  1. Make Jell-o shots to remind yourself of the days when you didn’t have to pay taxes. This college-throwback approach is recommended by Celebrations.com, which also suggests having a bonfire to burn your calculator (which we’re not so sure about).
  1. Get your friends together to do their taxes, and give out prizes. You could reward, for example, the person with the most interesting deduction or the one who owes the most, suggests Money Talks News.

Finally, remember that this year, Tax Day was moved from the customary April 15 date to April 18 (or April 19 in some states), to accommodate the Emancipation Day holiday in the District of Columbia. That’s three more days to plan your Tax Day party. Oh, and do your taxes.

Tina Irgang is the production editor for SmartCEO. Contact her at tina@smartceo.com.