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dai bread wrote:Tax return night was the most depressing night of the year. If I was ever going to cut my throat it would have been then. Now my tax returns are too complicated to be depressing. They're just plain painful, and I really should pass the buck to a professional, but the thought of the fees involved makes me carry on.
They're just plain painful, and I really should pass the buck to a professional, but the thought of the fees involved makes me carry on.
Shapley wrote:Thanks, T/M.
I started a 'virtual biergarten' thread a number of years ago, but it fell into dis-use. I think we started going to Cambodian Coffee House, instead. Tanja served cold beer, with a helping of humour on the side, instead of that warm German stuff, I suppose.
Now, the coffee house is quiet and the biergarten is boarded up. Victims of the economy, no doubt.
analog wrote:They're just plain painful, and I really should pass the buck to a professional, but the thought of the fees involved makes me carry on.
Until five years ago I used to be adamant that i had to do them myself. Something psychological about not being dependent i think. Think Tim Allen syndrome....
But i was getting fearful of making a mistake in my favor and having a swat team show up at the door. The instructions last few years seem to be increasingly complex.
Found a nice lady, actually a neighbor, who runs a bookkeeping service in our small town. Her reputation is 'too much of a stickler- won't bend the rules' . So i let her do it.
Until this year I did them myself and took to her just for for review and electronic submittal. Since i had all the stuff neatly arranged in a notebook she only charged me fifty bucks. Well, every year she found a few things i'd missed and got back a couple hundred more dollars than i'd expected.
So i have succumbed to having it done for me. I found it well worth the fee.
What price peace of mind?
To that end, find one who's adamant about rigorous honesty on the return.
I'd love to go to the biergarten with you guys, only i'd have to be the designated driver. It's Tonic water and Lime for me.... and good company!
Problem was not doing my taxes last night. I'm very good with #'s. My issue was the crap I had to deal with (still going on today) here at work....
I was SO fried when I got home at 10PM last night. (get up at 5AM to go to work.)
We should all meet at an agreed hotel.... drink to our hearts delight... and go up to our hotel rooms...
I'm usually the DD when we go out anyway... I guess I have to get others to do that so I can bend the old elbow...
Schmeelkie wrote:I haven't had more than a 1/2 a beer or a 1/2 glass of wine in so long, it wouldn't take much... got out of the habit through pregnancies and nursing - been free of that for a while and I still don't 'get around' to drinking much. Should do some more otherwise I'll really make an a%$ of myself at my 20th HS reunion this summer!!
No drinking tonight though - have to get up at 5am (usually awake between 7 - 7:30) to do a 2hr drive and help with data collection at 3 HS in the Elmira area. YIKES! Luckily, I'm meeting a friend and she'll do most of the driving - we'll see if I've gotten over my inability to sleep in moving vehicles...
analog wrote:otherwise I'll really make an a%$ of myself at my 20th HS reunion this summer!!
line overheard at my 20th:
" What? Everybody sent their parents? "
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