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            “It’s income tax time again, Americans: time to gather up those receipts, get out those tax forms, sharpen up that pencil, and stab yourself in the aorta.” ~Dave Barry=

Hey you Procrastinator?  -- Photo by Pat Bean

Hey you Procrastinator? — House finch photo by Pat Bean

And OK with That – and Taxes, Too

I was doing what every red-blooded, procrastinating American was doing at 9 p.m. last night – filing my income taxes.

Doodling with watercolor. -- By Pat Bean

Doodling with watercolor.  Check out today’s Bean Pat  — Doodle By Pat Bean

But I would have had it done by 2 p.m. if Turbo Tax hadn’t locked me out from their site. It seems I tried too many times to remember last year’s password. I was told to try back in 15 minutes. I waited a half hour, but was still locked out. Again, again and again. Finally I gave up and went to the H&R Block site, where I used their free forms and was done in half an hour.

I felt lucky because all I owed Uncle Sam was $101. I was even thankful t I didn’t have enough medical costs to take anything but the standard deduction

While, like most everyone else, I don’t like paying taxes, I’m extremely thankful that I had enough income in 2014 to have all the necessities of life with a little extra for luxuries, like good coffee and gas for a few road trips. It would be worse not to have owed the government.

I just wish Uncle Sam would spend his money as wisely as I try to do.

Blog pick of the day. Check it out.

Blog pick of the day. Check it out.

Bean Pat: Doodling http://tinyurl.com/mtp9zy6  I should have been doing something like this while waiting yesterday for Turbo Tax to unlock my account.  Anyway, this is a fun blog from a favorite blogger of mine.

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 Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors… and miss.” – Robert Heinlein

 

Whew! Taxes mailed. I feel as light as this western tiger swallowtail butterfly is. -- Photo by Pat Bean

Yup. I Didn’t File Until Today

I’m a procrastinator. But in my defense, it’s usually because I have better things I want to do than to do what I always need to do.

Besides, I knew I wasn’t either going to have to pay Uncle Sam, nor get something back from him, which was never the case before I retired and found my annual income down near the poverty level.

I’m not complaining, mind you. I have all the necessities and a great life – based on doing things and not acquiring things. And I do believe taxes are a necessary chigger for a well-functioning society.

But I still agree with William Simon, who believes it would be nice if our nation’s taxation system looked “like someone had designed it on purpose.”

Meanwhile my good news for the day is that my taxes are now done and sent off.

Whew. I feel a ton lighter.

Bean’s Pat: The Meat and Potatoes of Life http://tinyurl.com/6ntp8vw Another view of us last-minute tax filers.

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