Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today. (Herman Wouk, Pulitzer Prize-winning author)

Taxes are an essential part of modern civilization, but when tax day comes (that’s today in the United States), we all try to find ways to lower our liability. That’s legitimate, but, as Wouk hints, there may be some people who are very creative and inventive in finding tax loopholes. The honest citizen, however, will pay his fair share with a sense of pride.

“Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” . . . [Jesus] said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” (Luke 20:22, 25)