TMI Questions: Tax Time 2014
People are so weird about money. I have two business partners that react very badly whenever I want to talk about it. They get defensive and angry and I don’t get it. My former partner used to, also. It was one of the many things we used to argue about .
People weird out about taxes, too. Big babies. Grow up. Pay your share. You’re a part of a bigger picture – you owe your community, and paying your fair share is the only way to keep the whole ball of wax from melting.
And it’s always the ones that either have nothing or have way too much that whine. The former are merely parroting what greedy conservatives tell them about the world via the likes of Fox News, and the latter are just greedy creeps who give humanity a bad name.
Shame on both; those that have nothing for being ignorant, gullible, and out of touch with reality (you have nothing!) and those that have too much for being such a bunch of over-privileged, whiny, greedy bastards.
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TMI Questions: Tax Time 2014
Have you finished your taxes or are you just getting started?
Finished two weeks ago and already got my return.
It’s a complicated process that I start putting together (along with my accountant and business partners) starting in January. I say that and it makes it sound like I am an integral part of this process, when nothing could be further from the truth. I provide what is needed and wait… and wait.
Do you do your taxes yourself or do you use a service?
For the business, we have an accountant who does everything. Once he is done with his stuff, then I get to file my personal taxes.
In the past, I have had someone keep track of my personal stuff, but I think that all changes for 2014. I’m not sure. It depends on what happens with the business.
We’ve been discussing some major changes. Whether any of it comes to pass remains to be seen.
As for my personal taxes, that definitely changes in 2014, though I will continue to have someone else do my taxes. I get more back that way.
How are you at keeping records and receipts?
I guess we’ll find out.
When it came to my theatre company I was a disaster. The woman who inherited the company wags a finger at me every time I see her. I can’t blame her; I was reckless and absent-minded.
I think I’m better about such stuff now, but then I’ve always had someone looking over my shoulder when it comes to my personal stuff. That will be an adjustment, but I’m up to the task.
How ‘creative’ do you get?
Not at all.
I have read and heard (first hand) horror stories regarding dealing with the IRS in an audit situation. There’s good reason to toe the line, here, folks.
If you want to read a particularly harrowing case of IRS misconduct, I suggest you check out singer Janis Ian’s autobiography. If her story is to be believed, then take heed, as certain agents are allowed to take out their personal issues on citizens caught in arrears.
My luck is not good, so I know better than risk an audit. It would not go well. In such cases, I now do my best to not invite trouble; trouble has a way of finding me all on its own.
What do you think about the amount of taxes you pay?
More than fair.
I don’t care, really, as long as my world continues to function within certain guidelines. I don’t see the government as some evil entity taking money that doesn’t belong to them. We live in a democracy and as part of the community I am more than happy to contribute my fair share.
But I’m not stupid, either. I take advantage of the benefits available, maxing out my contributions to my 401 K, stock options, and the like. That’s about ensuring some kind of retirement, if I should choose to retire.
What do you plan to do with your refund?
The bulk of it goes to pay down my credit card (I only use one).
I am also getting an expensive, brand new bike – my first since the mountain bike accident where I broke my neck in two places. Yep, I’m ready to face that demon.
And I’m getting my piano tuned, because I’m tired of it sounding like a honky tonk. It also detracts from my ability to play, because my ear keeps getting hung up on things that are ‘not quite right’.
Have you ever paid an IRS agent personally?
Ummm… is this a sexual question? Bonus questions typically are, right Sean?
I have never met an IRS agent, let alone gotten naked with one.
You see, in my world, these phantom people do not really exist. They are like the boogieman or the concept of hell. In other words, they exist in name only to scare the crap out of you and get you to do the right thing. By doing the right thing, you ensure that you will never come face to face with one of these foreboding creatures.
So, again… take heed. Do the right thing.