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13 August 2003 @ 05:17 pm
and taxes  
I am finally facing my taxes. I can literally feel the descent of thick, honeyed sadness through my body, a wash of almost overwhelming despair, as I struggle through the tiny tasks involved with filling out a FUCKING 1040EZ FORM. Assuming that I don't want to report the interest on my student loan, which would be to my benefit. I would list the points which complicate what should be a simple operation, but it's too tedious. Oh, and the IRS is still telling me I haven't filed my 2001 taxes, though I've submitted them twice now. I am ignoring them. At my peril.

I'm rendered almost paralyzed by the mundane details of existing. I have to go home now.

Today walking back to the office from lunch I took a shortcut through perfect, atmospheric alleys, brick paving underfoot showing through the uneven patches where layers of surface had peeled away, creating a strange jigsaw of bricks and stone and rain puddles. And on either side of the wide alley rose big, old-fashioned brick buildings with arched windows, hung with fire escapes. The kind of dockland buildings that probably used to be inhabited by export offices and port authorities.

In Pioneer Square I saw, one after the other, a crow, a gull, and a pigeon. In the space of an hour there was grey mushroom soup and blue tile roofs and a woman with long white hair.
 
 
 
infidel in the laundromat: hmmgotham_syren on August 13th, 2003 05:54 pm (UTC)
ha!
Had to leave a comment, because I am surfing LJ right now as a break from working on my own wretched taxes. Yes, I had all summer to do it, and... Here I am. Good grief, I can't even remember if I filed my state taxes or not. Am feeling that I rate fairly high on the pathetic meter at present.

So hey, I empathize. :\
kassrachel on August 13th, 2003 06:42 pm (UTC)
In Pioneer Square I saw, one after the other, a crow, a gull, and a pigeon. In the space of an hour there was grey mushroom soup and blue tile roofs and a woman with long white hair.

I keep writing, and erasing, sentences to put here. I love lists of strange and idiosyncratic things.
Herself_nycherself_nyc on August 13th, 2003 07:05 pm (UTC)
I want to gently suggest you employ a tax accountant, who could help you sort through this and straighten everything out with the IRS including the problem at their end with not having your 2001 taxes. But I imagine you'd gently suggest I get stuffed, so I won't.

My sympathies, chica. And you're making me miss Seattle.
Anna S.eliade on August 13th, 2003 07:09 pm (UTC)
I want to gently suggest you employ a tax accountant, who could help you sort through this and straighten everything out with the IRS including the problem at their end with not having your 2001 taxes.

I thought seriously about it today. My manager mentioned she uses an accountant who has, for years now, been shared by a lot of the members of my department in the company.

...as I look at that last sentence it seems vaguely sexual. But not. ;)
Herself_nycherself_nyc on August 13th, 2003 07:14 pm (UTC)
Actually, I was ALSO going to gently suggest asking some of your colleagues if they knew of anyone good.

Really. Truly. Take the plunge. Hardly anyone should do their own taxes.

And you never know--a good accountant can look at your old returns and might even be able to refile for you and get refunds you didn't know you were entitled to!
Beck: Gingerbeck_liz on August 13th, 2003 08:33 pm (UTC)
I'm rendered almost paralyzed by the mundane details of existing.

God, I know what you mean. I've been avoiding dealing with medical insurance for over a month now. Never had it before, and trying to work out the intricacies. Had worked out the intricacies (or so I thought), and sent in the application, only to be told that I was too fat ("unhealthy") for that policy, and sent back to square one. Where I've been sitting ever since.

On the upside, that was a lovely description of your walk. I'd like to see that sometime.
Roquelaureroquelaure on August 14th, 2003 08:13 am (UTC)
www.turbotax.com

Fast, easy, they prompt you for all the information they need. Takes me about 15 minutes every year. I think they charge about $5 to fill out the 1040EZ on their site.