Girls Write Out
Sunday, April 05, 2009

Well, it's that time of year again. The weather's warming, the sky's weeping, and the checkbook's frowning. Yes, we did our taxes over the weekend and when you wait until April to file, it can only mean one thing: You owe Uncle Sam.

My husband owns an S-Corp business and I'm a self-employed writer. This is not good. 

We've had the same tax guy for years and from the time I started writing for income, I handled my tax documents in a way that made perfect sense from my right-brained perspective. One envelope for receipts and one for income. But apparently this is unwieldy and time-consuming for our tax guy. Does he not know that asking me to do math is a cruel and dangerous thing? But I pulled up my big girl boots and (gasp!) did the math this year. He was so impressed. Funny, I wasn't so impressed with his numbers. Would he be offended if I asked him to pull out the calculator and try again?

But, I'm hoping things are happier at your house, that you could hardly wait until you got your W-2 to file, that even now there's a juicy check in your mailbox just waiting for your eager fingers.

Just for fun, how about posting a :-) if you're getting a refund and a :-( if you're not? Allow me to start . . .  :-(

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Denise Hunter  
posted at 7:50 PM  
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26 Comments:
At 10:06 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

:-)

sorry.

 
At 12:49 AM, Blogger Annie said...

:-( big time

 
At 12:52 AM, Blogger Megan DiMaria said...

:-)

Hence the new refrigerator that will be delivered this Tuesday.

 
At 8:24 AM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

:o/ How's that for ya?

We're getting a whopping $236 bucks. :) Guess it's better than paying, but it seems like all our friends are getting a couple thousand. That's what we get for having one child. LOL.

 
At 8:30 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Sabrina, if we're going to go with more expression, let me change mine too. :-0

 
At 8:30 AM, Blogger Kimberly said...

:-(

 
At 9:49 AM, Blogger Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

:-( by a LOT.

 
At 10:01 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

:-) by alot thanks to an error last year!

 
At 10:41 AM, Blogger Barb said...

If your spouse ever says "so and so at work is taking this many deductions to get more money during the year," tell him/her that the deductions we have been taking work out fine and leave it alone.

A few years ago we ended up owing a painful amount. This year we got back a nice refund. :-)

 
At 11:01 AM, Blogger Carole said...

I'm one of those last-minute filers, mainly because we never get a refund, but also because I always seem to procrastinate. I have Turbo Tax loaded and have done my grown children's, but not ours. The next few days will be pretty busy - in addition to all the Easter week church programs that I play the piano for!

Congratulations to all who have finished and are getting a refund.

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger VaQueenBee said...

:-I

We're breaking even...owe the Federal, refund from the state.

 
At 1:42 PM, Blogger Peg said...

:-(

 
At 2:01 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

:-) I got a refund which funded a much needed vacation! I usually plan to have a refund but not a huge amount. I sort of messed up this year.

 
At 7:29 PM, Blogger Pammer said...

:( And I'm furious. I lost my job this year, had to draw a piddly unemployment (and pay taxes on it too!) AND then for the first year in my life (when we made LESS money that last year) we owe the government a ghastly amount. I reiterate, I lost my job and now I have to cough up hundreds of dollars?
Can anyone explain this to me?

Not a happy camper.

Hugs,
Pammer

 
At 7:32 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

:) Very good!

 
At 7:41 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I'm sorry, Pammer! That really stinks!

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

:-(

 
At 9:17 PM, Blogger Krista Phillips said...

:-) I'm kinda a tax geek, but considering my hubby only works part time, and we have 3 beautiful tax deductions worth $1k each plus their portion of the dependent deduction... yeah, we get back a refund.

 
At 9:41 PM, Blogger Abby said...

:-)

 
At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Kara S said...

:-) We took advantage of the first-time homebuyer's credit. That made for a nice refund. :) Without the credit, we would have had a $19 refund. Not bad for a self-employed editor/tutor. I do my own taxes every year via TurboTax online. I don't like the idea of paying someone else to do my taxes, esp when the computer can walk me through the various forms for businesses.

 
At 2:54 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

:-(

Not as much as I thought, but I was still self-employed last year and owed Uncle Sam.

 
At 2:56 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

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At 12:11 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I think if everyone had to pay their taxes like a small business or self employed person does (quarterly and out of their pocket) we'd see a drastic reduction in taxes because people would be infuriated with how much we actually pay.

It's different when it's just coming out of your check an d you never see it. KB

 
At 1:17 PM, Blogger Donna L. Rich said...

:-(

We have the same combo: S-Corp and writer. In fact, I have four sets of instructions to pay sitting on my desk in front of me right now. Our accountant does it in color. Two baby blue sheets shout at me. One says pay your state individual income tax, and the other says pay your state estimated. It sort of looks like easter because the federal shouts out with bright yellow: pay federal income and pay federal estimated. The good thing? I still have seven days to pay. The bad thing? I don't want to.

 
At 8:29 PM, Blogger Carla said...

:-) federal and state, :-( local

I never used to owe local because my previous companies took it right out, but my current company does not. My local is high for local so I owe a ton.

 
At 8:21 PM, Blogger The Farmer's Wife said...

:=)

The reason we had kids was for the write-off....

 

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