after working for over two weeks on them, the taxes for the year are finally completed and I discover that we really WILL be getting a refund. Even better, when I discover that the refund amounts are almost exactly the amounts needed to upgrade the bathroom, buy a second tent, and STILL have money left over to throw into my nearly nonexistent savings account.
George and I have FINALLY come to the point in our lives where our taxes are “simpler”. No more long forms with hundreds of amendment pages…no more adding up the medical and work expenses and praying they are over 2% of our annual income so I can deduct them all……now it is a simple two pager. And, YES, it still takes me two weeks to finish them.
Why you ask? George says it is because I am either
- an idiot or
- anal in the extreme
I say it is because with the government you just never know the best way to file the danged things unless you fill out every stinking form and compare them. Separate filing? head of Household? Married filing together? EACH filing category must be completed and each type of form…….then and only them will I know which to file.
For those with RATIONAL tax systems, American taxes will make no blasted sense. heck, they make no sense to us either! We have a 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and an X for fixing the screwups in the first filing. Then we have all these categories..head of house..single, married filing seperately then married filing jointly.
I fill out everything except the X as I complete them properly the FIRST time.
And with each type, and each category one either pays into the system or one receives a refund of the amount they overpaid.
I had a choice of a refund of 120.00; 349.00; 968.00; or 1500.00………….yea, call me dumb but I took the biggest refund. There was also an option of whose name went first on the lines……..if I placed my name first I got back an extra 300.00….but since I had never filed as anything but George’s dependent, I figured that would screw up the return by confusing the government so I gave thought of that extra 300 to the aether and filed normally.
I figured it was ultimately worth 300 bucks to NOT have the IRS sending me a letter.