Monday, February 22, 2016

'Tis The Season

Season’s Greetings! Tax season that is. Yep, it’s THAT time of year again!

I know it isn’t April 15th yet (actually the deadline will be April 18th this year) but I never liked waiting until the last minute to do things so, this past weekend I did my taxes. It was, as they say, taxing.

Not that it’s difficult; it’s just involved. And it takes quite a few LONG hours to sort through all of the receipts and other papers of the previous year.

Used to be, I could have my taxes done and mailed in about an hour—and that was before computers, when I had to actually fill out the papers by hand. But then, I didn’t make a lot of money back then, and didn’t have any deductions either. Filing taxes was more of a formality in those days.

Things are a bit different now; my taxes are far more complicated and time consuming, with emphasis on the time consuming! And to think I used to LIKE doing taxes! But again, that was back when I made no money and thus didn’t have to pay any taxes.

And that is the whole problem with taxes—paying them. The fact that I spend hours figuring, just so I can discover exactly how much I owe is annoying. It would help if I had some dependants again. But if I remember correctly, that involved raising kids, and I think that portion of my life is now dormant. At least I hope so!

Sometimes I think it would be easier to just opt out of the tax system. Not pay anything. Of course, doing so would no doubt automatically enroll me in another governmental system—or two; the court system and then the prison system.

Since I like living in my own house, being able to move freely about the country, and making my own decisions regarding, well, just about everything, I choose to go through the hassle of filing a return. That doesn’t mean I have to like it though! Thankfully, the dreaded chore is now behind me. I’m done! At least for another year—or so. As I said at the beginning, I don’t like waiting until the last minute to do things even things I don’t like. 

Bruce A. Borders is the author of more than a dozen books, including: Inside Room 913, Over My Dead Body, The Journey, Miscarriage Of Justice, and The Wynn Garrett Series. Available in ebook and paperback on iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.  Amazon Profile - Bruce A. Borders is a proud member of Rave Reviews Book Club.

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