- The Washington Times - Monday, April 15, 2013

“Whether in anticipation of a refund check or filing for an extension, when Tax Day happens to fall on a Monday, everybody needs a reason to celebrate,” proclaims the Palm Restaurant. 

On Monday only, participating Palm locations will offer their Tax Day Relief Special — “a complimentary Prime Bite® with a beverage purchase at The Palm Bar.”  

“Pair your libation of choice,” the venerable steak house invites patrons, with any “premium Prime Bite® menu offerings from Nova Scotia Lobster and Bacon Fondue to Mini Broiled Crabcakes, Calabrese Flatbread, Prime Steakburger Sliders, and more.”

Normal people, of course, don’t think of Tax Day as cause for celebration. But things are different here in the Nation’s Capital. For one thing, we have a better baseball team than you do. For another, here in Washington, where the Palm’s walls are crowded with fond caricatures of politicos and the eatery’s coffers are propped up by lobbyists on expense accounts, Tax Day is indeed occasion to celebrate. Seldom more so than this year, when the federal government can look forward to a windfall, thanks to 13 new taxes, including the expiration of the Bush payroll tax cuts and the spike in the top income tax rate from 35% to 39.6%. 

So ample is the projected bounty that the Congressional Budget Office forecasts that 2013 federal revenues will surpass their pre-recession peak and set a new all-time high with more than $2.7 trillion. So joyful an occasion is April 15 in these environs that it’s achieved the status of unoffical holiday — known informally as “Christmas,” or so I’m told, to the legislators, regulators, lawyers and lobbyists who — like children with Santa Claus — look forward year-round to its arrival with an avid glint in their eyes, of the kind that makes children look like they’ve been possessed by Beelzebub.

There’s little doubt Beltway insiders will find the Palm’s Tax Day Relief Special irresistible. That said — honest, hard-working Americans are also advised to take full and prompt advantage of this one-time offer. With 77% of American families on the hook for higher taxes this year, with an estimated average increase of roughly $700 a year per family — rest assured it will be the last time you eat at the Palm this year

Whatever your tax status, it’s hard to imagine a better way to observe Tax Day than with the Palm’s complimentary Prime Bite menu offerings paired with your libations of choice.

But let me give it a whirl: How about observing April 15 with the Palm’s Prime Bite menu offerings paired with your complimentary libations of choice?






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