man, taxes are different than when i was a kid
(that’s a joke because i’m not very old… hahaha… the irreverent nostalgia of the information age…)
anyway, after postponing my taxes for 75,000 years (all condensed into the past few months… it’s been exhausting) because i was worried about my overseas income, i finally realized that said overseas income translates to about 75 cents as far as the IRS is concerned, and the only real reason to dig up all the paperwork would be to talk to the UK about it because i could probably get money back from them. given that whole 75 cents bit (which is roughly 37.5 pence!), i’m thinkin the effort->reward ratio there is too small. or big. whatever.
NOT WORTH IT.
which means my taxes are easy after all!
and i only worked for 6 months!
after realizing this, it of course made me procrastinate further, but tonight, out of the small fear that something huge would crop up and i would enjoy at least a day to deal with it, and fueled by my first home-delivered pizza in portland (from this place. short review: “***! shows promise! but the white spinach pizza needs salt.”), i decided to tackle the task, and now thanks to turbotax online i’m done! less than an hour later! sweet!
i owe $125 because my withholding at IU was all messed up and i never got around to fixing it. it’s nothing close to what i owed last year, however, and i am better suited to deal with the hit, so especially after thinking that this year was going to be atrocious, it feels like a bargain.
indiana owes me $34 but i just told them to give it all to their birds and fishes fund because it seemed easier than telling them to send it to me.
my sense of accomplishment will now buoy me up as i spend the rest of the evening watching howl’s moving castle rather than writing some emails i’ve been postponing.
sorry mark and the f&l crowd!
since this year i will make more money than i ever have, save more money than i ever have, and give away more money than i ever have, it is reasonable to predict that this is the last year in the foreseeable future wherein my taxes will be simple.
i pause a moment to acknowledge this milestone before pushing aside the official paper pile beside me and skipping gleefully to refill my pepsi.
may all of you have happy tax stories as well this weekend. i know i always say this so you have no reason to believe me, but i really am going to write more soon. my mom wants to know what i do at work, and i bought a cactus!