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I've had an income since I was 17 or so (not counting mowing lawns), so I've also had income taxes for going on a quarter-century now. In that time, I don't think I've ever actually had to pay income tax. I mean, I think there were one or two years where I owed state taxes, but I always received a federal refund that more than compensated.

Despite that, every year I get paranoid, put off filing, and generally get the shakes while clicking through my income tax returns, even though every year it turns out that no, in fact, I won't have to send the government every cent I have and have to scrabble through loose change to buy food for my cat. Go figure.

This year is yet another triumph, and now I can scratch taxes off the list of things to stress about. Leaving moving, finding a job and buying a car, but I'll take the progress where I can get it.

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acroamatica
Apr. 5th, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)
I had a similar moment this year. While reading up on tax protocol, I found out that I have to pay income tax twice next year, on the same amount of money - once in Australia, where I actually earned the money, and once in Canada, which is still technically my country of residence. There was some panicking. And then I realised: I make $50 a week! That is not a typo! In no universe am I going to owe anyone any taxes at all. HAHAHAhahaha ha ha *sob*.
lawrence520
Apr. 5th, 2011 05:12 am (UTC)
*grin* Still, that does seem sort of evil, for both countries to take their bite of the apple!

I really thought I was going to get hosed this year, as I caught a break last year that didn't apply this year. Next year could be really interesting, depending on when I finally find a job and what it pays.
griffdog
Apr. 5th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on getting the Tax Man off your back. I did ours about 3-4 weeks ago. Usually, I run the numbers kind of early since we historically get *something* back, if not but a couple hundred dollars. This year was better, and well-timed.

No need to stress over a car. You're in the best position. Rent a car. Any dealer that you go to, you can tell them, "I'm buying a car today. Make me a good deal, else I go down the road."

Moving, well, that just sucks. When your moving day comes, be sure to give me and the wife notice and I can probably help (unless you're paying someone).
lawrence520
Apr. 6th, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
Just spent the morning reserving a moving POD, and applying for a street parking permit for it. After I get some food, plan on spending the afternoon reserving movers.

God, this is SOOOO expensive compared to the good old days of calling all your friends and offering them pizza. On the other hand, it is much easier!
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