Tax Time is Most Taxing

Tax Time is Most Taxing

I don’t like doing taxes. I’d rather eat a rat.
I saved all my receipts for sure but don’t know where they’re at.
I should have printed up reports and put them on a spindle,
for now I cannot find out what I’ve taken in from Kindle
or Amazon. Their tax sites are really just a maze.
After roaming them for hours, I fear I’m in a haze.
Money spent for doctors and dentists must be here.
I’ve even asked a Ouija Board that says I’m getting near
to where they remain hidden under piles of other papers.
If I lived in another age, I know I’d have the vapors.

The time that I have left is surely waning and not waxing.
And things just keep on getting worse–for tax time is most taxing.
Next year I will do better.  I’ll start out nice and early
and tax time will be easier and I will be less surly.
I’ll pat myself upon the back for files filled with slips
alphabetical and neat–no coffee spills or rips.
I will know to the penny what I spent on medicine.
I’ll save up all my dentist bills, fastened with a pin.
All my insurance payments and social security
will be neatly filed–correct from A to Z.

But as to this year’s taxes, I fear I’m out of luck.
I shake my head over the forms and murmur “What the – – – -?
I do not want to do this.  I fear I’m in a mess.
I want to write a letter to the I.R.S.
giving them my bank account and telling them my pin,
for I fear my patience is growing rather thin.
“Just take whatever cash you need and leave enough for me
to live upon ’til I expire in two thousand-five-three.”
Instead, I go back to my desk to sort another pile.
Please don’t e-mail, phone or text. I’m busy for awhile!!

The Prompt: Set It To Rights–Think of a time you let something slide, only for it to eat away at you later. Tell us how you’d fix it today.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/set-it-to-rights/

14 thoughts on “Tax Time is Most Taxing

  1. Tamara

    You bet! Down to the last dregs of this myself, but I keep remembering more write-offs! Such a tangled mess. And as for 2015….we’re already 4 months into the year, so I’m already behind!

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  2. mariaholm

    I like your black kind of humor! It’s horrible to look for things you can’t find. What about keeping the receipts electronically? Then you don’t have to pin them

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Hold on to that man!!! My husband added up a column once for me…got it wrong and when I said he needed to check his work, he said, “Well you can make me do it, but you can’t make me do it right!” Needless to say I did the taxes after that. I now hire someone but still have to find the correct papers and dealing with Amazon and Kindle is a nightmare..impossible to find the figures.

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  3. mgm75

    Oh, I didn’t think about doing that for the Daily Prompt and just left it. A good one! I have been more organised this year and kept and recorded everything as I go. I even have an Excel file summing up all my income and expenses, including my profit! Mostly, I wanted to figure out whether I would trigger the threshold to pay National Insurance (the tax we pay for pension and healthcare). That was likely until my laptop gave up the ghost at the weekend and I had to buy a new one. I feel ready and I won’t get the tax return form for another month, and even then I have until next January to complete it!

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  4. lifelessons Post author

    Is “here” in Singapore? Are you a citizen there? I don’t mind paying the taxes as much as having to collect the information. Longer I live the most I hate doing anything routine–be it making my bed daily to paying my taxes and insurance or registering my car yearly. Guess that is how my rebel side comes out as I am sooooo well behaved otherwise. (?) Judy

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