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Expat wanderer

Feel Like Dancin’

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Thanks for all your good thoughts as I – well, I didn’t prepare our taxes, I prepared the worksheet for our taxes. I used to do taxes, but taxes have gotten so complicated, now we have to pay someone else a bucket of money to do them for us. In the meantime, it takes a whole day just to fill out the sheets of preparation. It takes a year of saving receipts and records.

I discovered that in an increasingly paperless world, it is not so easy to document as it used to be. I used to dread filing, but I also knew where things were. A lot of my day yesterday was spent looking up accounts online, and printing off things. When we went more paperless, we also sacrificed easy access to good record keeping. AArrgh!

I remember my Dad always did the family taxes, and he would do them late in January, as soon as all the financial statements had arrived. We would give him hints about better ways of shielding his money from taxation, and he would say “I don’t mind paying taxes. I worked for the government, and the government put you kids through university by paying me a generous salary and health benefits and retirement.” We would shake our heads in wonderment – have you ever met someone who didn’t mind paying taxes? It must be generational.

We had a complicated year, financially, and in gathering all the records I noticed in my zeal to keep everything paid off and up to date, I actually OVERPAID our taxes. . . how often does that happen? AdventureMan and I have something to celebrate!

Those penguins are from a website called CafePress and they sell all kinds of adorable things, unique.

(At nine in the morning, it is still only 73°F / 23°C – wooo hoooooo! Gonna be a great Thursday!

April 3, 2008 - Posted by | Biography, Cultural, Family Issues, Financial Issues, Generational, Social Issues, Technical Issue | , ,

13 Comments »

  1. Good Morning 😀

    Comment by kinano | April 3, 2008 | Reply

  2. Kinan! good morning! I was astonished when it was Angelo, not you, who was first to comment on the Annunciation post. I just KNEW you would have something to share that I had not considered.

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 3, 2008 | Reply

  3. *joins in the dance with intlxpatr*

    I loooove penguins 😀 I was kinda disappointed when i read that they had discovered flying penguin; i love penguins coz of their cute walk..so i dance like they are doing now when i heard it was only an april fools joke 😀

    I also love having money return to me 😀

    Well we don’t pay taxes in Kuwait and in Iran i only had to pay income tax and that was automatically deducted from my salary 😦

    oh and i am commenting under my wordpress account coz blogspot is blocked here 😦

    Comment by magicaldroplets | April 3, 2008 | Reply

  4. Blogspot is blocked? In Iran? or are you back, Magical? Did you have a wonderful New Year?

    Lucky you, no taxes!

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 3, 2008 | Reply

  5. Good for you on your taxes! We owe a good chunk again, but not like last year when we owed for the sale of our house. Hopefully this year we can get somewhat regulated so it is a wash.

    Comment by momcat | April 3, 2008 | Reply

  6. This year you have a mortgage! That will help! Do you get education credits?

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 3, 2008 | Reply

  7. It’s not actually blocked but i keep getting the ‘connection time out’ message.

    I’m still in Iran. Mom and I are having a blast :D…just the two of us here.

    I had an excellent New Year 😀 learned some new stuff from my trips and got to relax

    Oh we DO pay taxes here in Iran, just no sales taxes. There’s income tax, property tax, television tax, heck there’s even an ‘exist tax’ meaning you have to pay the government for leaving the country!!!

    Comment by magicaldroplets | April 3, 2008 | Reply

  8. I think you meant “exit” tax, but the “exist” tax got a big chuckle out of me! I am delighted to hear you are having such a great time.

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 4, 2008 | Reply

  9. hehehe hope i didn’t give my gov any ideas 😀 I wouldn’t put it past them to tax our whole existence 😀

    Comment by magicaldroplets | April 6, 2008 | Reply

  10. Hahahahahahhaa!

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 6, 2008 | Reply

  11. I agree that in an increasinly paperless world it can actually be more difficult to get organized. That is why I founded Vaultstreet, which automatically collects and organizes your paperless financial records for you. For anyone who is interested, I encourage you to check out http://www.vaultstreet.com to see how VaultStreet can help you get and stay financially organized.

    Comment by Carter Kirkwood | April 8, 2008 | Reply

  12. Carter, it looks like the future . . . how do you guarantee security? And what happens if the IRS audits you six years down the road? I know I am hopeless, but I still feel more secure with SOME paper!

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 8, 2008 | Reply

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    Comment by Shimon | April 15, 2008 | Reply


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