Well, I've really done it this year. Get the coffee pot primed.....gather the microwavable foods and sandwich makin's at the ready.....make sure there are some fruits, nuts, other energy snacks at hand -- guess I'll definitely be spending this weekend doing my federal and state income taxes.
I pulled together all the paperwork, gathered the tax booklets and forms, or printed them off the Internet -- collecting this all in one file by the time January ended. Why I haven't done any more since then would be hard to explain. I remember hearing we had more days than usual this year to submit our returns and pay our taxes. I'm sure I've had good reasons why I haven't done more before this, but I expect you would likely tell me, "That's no excuse!"
Since I began doing my taxes manually, by default, after my husband's death (he had always done them), I've just continued doing so. I've become much quicker at the process as each year passes.
Yes, I know I could hire someone, or I could do them online or with a computer program, but I confess to having an attitude about doing so. I've always liked playing with numbers so the mathematics isn't an issue. But, something is terribly wrong with a tax system into which we pay that has become so complex we have to pay even more just to have somebody else figure out how much tax we owe -- even if our government tries to pacify us by making the cost of doing so tax deductible.
Of course, hiring someone does create employment opportunities, so this may be our government's idea of one way to address creating more jobs. I hope this doesn't mean I'm not a good citizen. Maybe I better have a glass or two of the ol' vino with which to relax and contemplate this matter after mailing my tax form envelopes Monday.
At least I am supporting the postal service, so that must count for something toward my good citizenship. I still like receiving mail in the box outside my home's front door. Besides, I've never had a problem with anyone hacking into my ordinary mail -- not that they couldn't access it in other ways. As much as I appreciate the digital world's mail speed, I can't help wondering if that older mail system provides more privacy ... as long as what's been mailed gets there. I must say in all my years I've never had anything I mailed or that I knew was sent to me be compromised.
Perhaps you don't procrastinate or fret about privacy, so maybe my thoughts are just tilting at windmills.