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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Tax day brings out our true character in a way nothing else can. It separates:

Procrastinators from the Early Birds
Organized from the Disorganized
Payees from the Payors

No doubt some of you have already received your tax money, gone on vacation, bought your big screen TVs or whatever else it is people buy, and have a pretty good idea what you’re going to do with NEXT year’s money, while we’re still scratching our heads over where we might have put that 1099 that we’re pretty sure we got from our employers . . . .

Okay, so Hubby and I make our annual trip to the tax man’s office tonight. Yes, a moment of silence is in order.

There’s no denying that we’ve waited till the last minute, but last year we owed money. So we figured why pay Uncle Sam before we had to? (Don’t tell him I said that, okay?)

We walk to our guy’s office. Me with my little file of writing information, appropriate papers stapled and clipped as warranted, with a tidy recap sheet of my own on top.

Hubby with his box the size of Texas, complete with files, envelopes, loose papers, and I could be wrong, but I think he has a copy of every check we’ve written in our 32 years of marriage in that box. Still, it works for him.

The good news is that by the time the evening is over, we walk out of that office knowing Uncle Sam is going to give us some money this year! Needless to say, I’ll be taking a trip to DeBrand’s soon.

So give it to me straight. Who are the procrastinators, and yes, the early birds, the organized, disorganized, payees, payors? You know who you are.
Diann Hunt  
posted at 9:50 AM  
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At 9:57 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh my gosh Di, that is SO true. My DH saves everything too!! Hey, his baby shoes MIGHT be a write-off. LOL We're procrastinators this year, but I'm sending them off today. WOOOHOOO!!!

At 11:01 AM, Blogger Bethanie said...

well the australian tax year runs from july to june... so mine is coming up while i'll be in the usa. i'm hoping to lodge my tax return online while i'm on vacation so i can get the money before i come home. hehe.

anyhow, we are meant to lodge our returns by the end of october but most years i do mine the SECOND i get the paperwork from my employers. last year i waited till october or november to do it though as i knew i was only going to get about a hundred bucks back and was too lazy to do the work (in reality it takes me less than an hour to do my taxes lol). this year i hope to get a lot more back as i was studying, didn't earn a lot, and had more than one job so i paid more taxes than i needed to (at least, i hope so).

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Anna said...

This year, I am sort of all of the above. I did our taxes the first week of February, but when I found out that we owe almost $2,000 I, um, didn't file and still haven't so we could get the money together. The good news is that I think we finally have it scraped together so I think I will file this weekend. I think I am fairly organized when it comes to the forms but there's this one thing I can't seem to place. Anyway, I'll be glad when it's over.

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Bethanie said...

oh yeah, and also we can do our taxes online, it's super easy, and if you give your bank account details, the tax office deposits the cash in your account within 7 days usually... if you wait to get the chq mailed out it takes longer, and then u have to wait 3 days for it to clear as they don't let u cash it. so i always let them transfer the funds. way cool.

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

LOL, Kristin!!

You're coming to the US, Bethanie? Way cool! Where are you coming to visit?

Anna, I don't blame you. I'm not in a hurry to PAY, either. *g*

At 11:19 AM, Blogger T. Forkner said...

hmmm. I'm the procrastinator. My hubby is not, although since he married me I notice he has been doing our taxes later and later.

Does that mean I'm a bad influence or I've just given him more work to do in the tax department?

At 11:28 AM, Blogger Sally said...

I didn't set out to be a procastinator, although I did play to wait to file...because I thought we'd have to pay, also.

AND, we moved across the country last year, so we have 2 state returns to file in addition to federal! But, I still got our info to our tax man in CAin FEBRUARY, and he's the one who procrastinated!!

He just filed for us last week, and now I'm disappointed we didn't file sooner, b/c we're getting a HUGE refund...oh well, just goes to show ya...

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Dana said...

I'm a CPA (before setting it aside to be a missionary to Africa) and worked for years doing taxes. First of all I know that to break even is the goal, not to get a big refund. Even with my experience and knowledge this year hubby and I are owed a big refund AND we mailed off our tax returns YESTERDAY. No wonder I don't do other people's taxes anymore... :)

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Rachel O said...

Oh, I definitely procrastinate. Being self-employed is a pain when it comes to doing taxes!! I keep everything, it's just getting it all together and making sense before I take it to the accountant. But I got it to her in mid-March this year. Then she ended up having unexpected surgery, and didn't get them done until last week. I tried to be better this year, honest I did, but they still didn't get out til April! Oh well.

It's the coolest thing. We never used to get refunds worth talking about, but ever since we decided to put our daughter in a Christian school, our tax return has covered that bill, every year. The first year, when we were trying to decide whether we should switch her or not and couldn't figure out how we could afford it, we finally told God, if You want her there, You're going to have to get her there. And the very next day, we got the stuff back from the accountant, and --this is absolute truth-- our federal refund was EXACTLY enough to pay her tuition, and the state bought the uniforms she had to have. I'm talking a difference between a $200 refund and the thousands of dollars it takes to go to Christian school.

And it happened again this year, because tuition went up, and so did the refund. God is good!

I wonder what next year will bring. Her school only goes through seventh grade, and this is it... :-)

At 12:53 PM, Blogger allen etter said...

It's never fun when you have three jobs and your spouse has one...lot's of numbers. Thank God for Turbo Tax!

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Mazzuca Maddness said...

Ah, this was the beauty of being in youth ministry. Those IRS guys took one look at our tax form and said, "Wait, you make how much? With how many kids? Oh, we're so sorry for taking anything!" Needless to say, we always get a pretty nice check around this time...and it usually pays off the credit card. But we are those kinds of early birds that you can't stand. We got our refund in February!

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Keisha said...

My mother is a CPA, and she does my taxes every year, and I just let her rummmaged through all my things until she finds all the paperwork she needs. Right around Jan 3rd, she comes over, I let her in to have at it, and go to the mall. When I come back, I find out if yes, I'll be happy, or no, get a second job to pay Uncle Sam. This year, I blew my $130 refund at Wal-mart. Love ya Mama!

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Just to clear up any confusion. I not only CAN stand people who get their taxes done early, I'm actually among them--usually, just not this year because we thought we would owe taxes.

Keisha-Michelle, you are one lucky daughter!!! Bless your mother! Would she consider adopting the rest of us? *g*

At 2:43 PM, Blogger Jaime Wright said...

I never do taxes. Yeah! :) That's what husbands are for. He does them the day after he gets the forms from our employers. Then he e-files and this year our refunds were there the week after. Yeah again

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Southern-fried Fiction said...

Well, when I did our taxes using TurboTax, I had them done in February and the electronic check deposited in my account by March 1st.

This year? Well, we had a business investment that involves a whole lot more than I can do. So ... I think we're filing for an extension. Our tax person is in Chatatanooga and we're in Atlanta. Makes sense, right?

Sheesh, the waiting drives my right brain nuts. Or is it my left brain? I can never remember which side drives my creative self and which drives my anal self. But I can tell you they sure fight! ;o)

At 4:05 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...


At 5:58 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I'm the delegator. My husband does it! ;)

I have a few things I can do well, but numbers is so not one of them. I have a hard time making change much less understanding taxes!

At 8:12 PM, Blogger Bethanie said...

diann, i'm going to orange county in california to stay with friends for 6 weeks from june 10-july 22nd.

so excited!

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

We'll file....on April 15th, just like every sad....

At 8:10 AM, Blogger Katy said...

Hi, Di and all! We're both self-employed (actually, we both work for our corporation, from home). We have to wait till the end of Jan. to get all the 1099s, etc. But then, I get all the facts and figures together for our accountant, and we make our annual personal visit to him in February. We make quarterly payments to every taxing authority known to man. But even if I think we're going to owe, I HAVE to know the bottom line!! ASAP!! I'm not NEARLY so prompt on other subjects, though!!

Katy McKenna

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

Well, my tax behavior completely defies my personality! I used to be an accountant, so I do everything myself, even though I have self-employment income. However, a running issue in our home is that everything is in complete disarray. I shamelessly blame my hubby for it and it is the one thing we fight about. I'll save you the long story behind it, but the end result is that I had not filed a return since 2003! However, if I wanted my daughter to get any financial aid from Uncle Sam for college, I had to get on the stick, so I started with 2003 (got a huge refund), stalled out and ran smack dab into April. Panicked and jumped ahead to 2006, only to find we owe a HUGE amount. So...didn't file that just yet, knowing that 2004 and 2005 should provide significant refunds towards this year's amount due. Please Lord, help me remember to file an extension for 2006, although by now - is it a moot point?


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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