Thursday, April 12, 2007
In MY Perfect World...it Could Happen!
Ah...yes...tax deadline is near. No - I am not done. Yes I did start a couple of weeks ago. Yes, I have been procrastinating with a capital "P" and have been miserable because the whole time that I have been in avoidance mode, I am ALWAYS aware of what I am not doing.
However, when my accountant haunts me in my dreams like he did this morning, I know his dastardly invasion is a wake up call (sans alarm) to GET THE TAXES DONE!
I always do our taxes - pretty basic. I actually do like doing them, BUT I didn't keep track of receipts and medical info, etc. and so now I have to play detective. The problem is I can not find one small box. It has to have the missing info that I would use to itemize deductions. I have gone through EVERYTHING - every drawer, basket and box. The thing is (and this isn't good) I vaguely remember putting a larger box that I am now thinking contained the smaller box, up in the attic before Christmas. I joke about our attic being like the Bermuda Triangle - that once something goes up there, we never see it again. If we didn't tie ropes to ourselves - WE wouldn't find our way back out! :) (I do have the holiday stuff color coded though.)
We don't have a complex financial set up so I do think doing our taxes is pretty easy, especially with the Turbo Tax program. The first year I started a home business, I went to an H&R Block rep. I had EVERYTHING - categorized and itemized and totaled with attached receipts. I was surprised when I saw that all she did was check my totals and then applied them to a schedule C form. So, from that point on I have rarely used an accountant unless something was different from the norm due to certain new tax laws or different circumstances in our lives.
I haven't spoken to our accountant since April of 2004 regarding tax year 2003. Due to a small inheritance we were put in another tax bracket that year. I was practically apoplectic when I saw what we were going to have to pay in! I kept reviewing and reworking the program, but to no avail. So, finally in exasperation ... I called this wonderful man, the accountant who we have used in the past.
Sometimes, I have called him over the years if I had a simple question and could still do it myself. This particular year was more complicated though and so I called him a few times. I asked him to bill me for a phone consult and he chuckled and said " No that's not necessary. I actually enjoy hearing you sweat it out." and he chuckled again. I am amused that he was amused. :)
I have input some of the info into the tax program and do love to see the refund going up. However, I am not a happy girl at the moment because the refund number has gone down drastically, but I still have to input a few more itemized deductions, although I still have to add the disability payments for the Federal taxes. Then I will review ad nauseam , hoping to find someway to get the numbers go in our favor.
I thought that since I had only worked SIX WEEKS during the entire year in conjunction with with the fact that we have been paying a lot of medical bills and my husband's OT got drastically cut because they hired someone, that this year we would definitely get a good refund and it is not looking good. I wonder if the accountant is feeling my vibes of perplexity? Now, where is that box?..........