That Feeling Of Accomplishment


You can play with your friends once your taxes are done.

You can play with your friends once your taxes are done.

For the past few days I’ve been doing my taxes.

I’m not sure that I’ve ever done my taxes by myself before: the past two years we had an accountant friend help us out and before that I had the benefit of a Dad who was pretty clear about the tax code to walk me through it (and by walk me through it I mean “do them for me”). So in an effort to be more and more like a Grown Up I sat down with the free online H&R Block filing system and thought I would just start with the easy questions like “Name” and “Address”.

It was all downhill from there.

And by downhill I mean easy to get rolling and keep up the momentum, not downhill as in descending into bad luck and destitution. I feel like a kid learning to ride a bicycle for the first time: sure there are training wheels involved and there is still a looming fear of wiping out, but mostly I feel like going on Facebook and shouting:

“I’m DOING IT! Look at me! I’m DOING IT ALL BY MYSELF AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!”

But of course I’m a Grown Up now.

I am amazed at how good I feel after I’ve spent an hour working on my taxes. I mean, I can understand why people don’t like doing them: they are tedious and complex and there is that constant threat of being audited to add a little extra zest into the mix, but I am enjoying the feeling of control that comes from doing them myself. Ahh, that feeling of accomplishment!

This could all change, of course, once I finish the taxes and discover that I still owe taxes to the government. And I say “I”, not “we” because my husband has the benefit of a proper job that withholds taxes from his paycheck while I, being self employed, get to pay extra for the privilege of being my own boss. Frankly, if the government wanted to encourage more entrepreneurs they couldn’t go far wrong by offering some breaks on self-employment tax because it sucks to pay estimated taxes every quarter only to have to also pay taxes at the end of the year.

But that’s just me.

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on March 20, 2013.

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