Today is the official end of tax season. Unless you filed an extension, in which case you have until October to get all of those papers in order.
Last week I had the good fortune to take a visiting relative on a tour of some of my favorite Napa Wineries. We started off at Domain Carneros for some sparkling wine and a gorgeous view from a sunny porch, stopped at Taylor’s Refresher (drive in) for the obligatory amazing hamburger, headed to the Silverado Trail for a wine tasting and gourmet food pairing at Robert Sinskey’s winery, and then ended our trip with a one and a half hour castle tour and tasting at Castello di Amorosa.
Of course the wine was amazing and the food incredible and the castle was fascinating as it incorporated all of the best features of castles from around the world.
But here's what excites you when you are a nerd constantly in search of a good presentation angle. I loved the idea of using this picture as an introduction to a tax planning seminar. I had to stop immediately and capture this photo during our castle tour.
In the castle courtyard, they had recreated castle doors which were bricked in as a way to reduce medieval taxes based on the number of doors per castle.
What a great lead in for a presentation on tax planning! Show this picture and then say "At least you don't have to go to these kinds of extremes to reduce YOUR taxes. "
Maybe I'll find out how much it would cost to hold a tax planning seminar in the castle courtyard facing one of those doors.