Tuesday, February 07, 2006

"Another tax is due"

I've finished my taxes. I'm a freak about my taxes. I love doing them. I don't know why. Of course, part of it is that I get money back, but there is something about the process of figuring things out that is fun. I sit with the forms and a pencil and I flip back and forth in the books. I mutter to myself and vent my frustrations about things that make no sense on my unsuspecting friends.

But there's something so satisfying with finally penning the final version in ink (no e-filing for this geek) and making the copies and sending it in. I think that there's something so quintessentially adult about it. This year was an especially gratifying challenge with the new business. Next year will be a bit more convoluted, but this year gave me a taste...and I went out and bought a tax book for small businesses.

I think this has something to do with the fact that I really do like kind of convoluted and twisted problems - like those on the Logic portion of the GRE. I never thought of myself as a logically oriented person until I took that test. I scored highest on Logic and on Math. My lesser score (which I would have predicted my strongest) was the Language section.

I don't always love where my taxes are going (like this war or my government spying on it's citizens, for instance), but I try to remember that my taxes also pay for roads and other infrastructure things which I like very much. And, right now, it's paying my father's disability.

10 comments:

Matt said...

If I sent you the paperwork, would you do my taxes? I would hate to deprive you of the joy :)

spinsterwitch said...

Interestingly, I've thought about taking classes and offering to do people's taxes. There is one woman who does the accounting and taxes for many of the therapists in this area. Maybe I'll give her some competition at some point.

Hyde said...

Hmm... I scored really high in logic on the GRE (and on the LSAT, although don't ask why I took that), but I'm not organized or logical at all in a tax-way. That's a unique talent of yours! I pass my taxes off to my grandpa. He was an accountant and INSISTS on doing everyone's taxes in the family. He'll never give up working. But I know that one of these days I'll have to act like a grown-up and do my own. Right now I feel grown-up enough if I remember to save the forms as they come in the mail.

P'tit-Loup said...

I used to work for the IRS back in Quebec, a long time ago. I must say I did not enjoy the job except that we were all temps, and would go get stoned at lunch! It was so boring and just a wierd job to have. I did it two years in a row for four months. I traveled with the money I earned. That was the good part.

Flash said...

I am soooooooo glad I don't have to do taxes, so very glad.

Aravis said...

I wouldn't do my own taxes; that's what Randy and H&R Block are for. I loathe math, so it's worth it to me to pay someone else. I like puzzles, but not with numbers. I'm excited about our tax return too, though. Being out on worker's comp means we get quite a bit back. More money to spend on home improvements! :0)

I like the thought of you sitting down with your tax materials before you, happily working away at them. It's a fun image somehow, though you look very adult in my mind's eye. I'm glad you had such a good time!

Alecya Giovanni said...

Does this make me quentissentially immature? I hate taxes and have someone else do them. On the upside, its Beloved's aunt, who will do it for a 6 pack. Much cheaper than H&R block. And quicker too.

I'm with Aravis. I hate math, I am not great at it and I dont like the stress of it. *admires Spinny* The fact you do it is just plain cool to me.

spinsterwitch said...

AG - You aren't "quintessentially immature." That statement comes from this idea I had when I was little that somehow this was the ultimate adult responsibility. I think because my father *hated* doing his and would be grumpy and do it at the last minute. It seemed like something so heavy and important.

Charby said...

I'm slightly worried by the fact you enjoy it

hippy chick said...

i kind of like it too although i am now going to use turbo tax. my mom loves it, you're not alone!