Can I Scream Here?

Doing Taxes
@bagarad (7657)
Paso Robles, California
April 14, 2017 12:32am CST
Yes, I'm well into my taxes now. I just wish Hubby and I organized our records the same way. He likes to keep his records at the other house, and I keep mine here. He likes to write things in a black book and file the receipts and records in a large accordion folder with a system I don't understand. Example. We bank and have credit cards at both Chase and City Bank. Sometimes he files some of each under "C". Sometimes he files some of each under "credit cards" or "banks." Trying to find anything is like a treasure hunt. If I ask about something he hasn't written down, he says, "It's in my file." I'm afraid there were a few raised voices here tonight. I like to keep a tax organizer on my desk and put receipts and bills and records in it as I get or pay them. It makes it easy to do my part of the data entry. It's much harder to do his, since I have to retrieve everything from him -- all those year-end statements, 1099's etc. I have only mine. Tonight he forgot to bring the black book home and we had to go after it and bring it back here. I also grabbed his file and brought it here. I have finished both my schedule C's now and most of the personal stuff. Schedule E for three rentals is about all that remains, except the checking and error clean-up. Unfortunately, Schedule E is his data to find and write down in some form to be usable to me. I enter everything into Turbotax. By the time we got back tonight, I was ready to enter the data for a certain tax on a vacant lot we own. I couldn't find it in the checkbook under the right year. Couldn't find the original bill. Looked up the bills online to see when they were paid and got even more confused. I think he made a mistake in when he claimed it last year but it's been like working a complicated puzzle and he doesn't see why it matters. I want everything to fit where it belongs. He doesn't understand why I care so much which year something was paid in. So as I'm writing this, he informs me he left his flannel shirt he uses as a jacket at the other house. His cell phone is in it. He thinks he should go back after it. I think he should wait until morning since it's after ten. I think I talked him into waiting. What sorts of things cause the most frustration between you and your spouse or significant other? What's tax time like at your house? Even if you hire someone to do them, you still have to get the data ready to give that person.
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@minx267 (11004)
• Hartford, Connecticut
14 Apr
sounds like you have a full time job on your hands just dealing with the spouse.. lol i don't envy you. I stayed stingle.. and the best part about that.. filing taxes SINGLE. if I can't find my paperwork.. it's my fault. lol
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@bagarad (7657)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Apr
Yup. You will have no one to blame but yourself. you can determine how efficient you will be.
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@minx267 (11004)
• Hartford, Connecticut
14 Apr
@bagarad I'm not always super efficient.. however, MY taxes were done in Feb. :)
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@bagarad (7657)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Apr
@minx267 In February we were both getting over the flu and trying to get the dental work done we were supposed to have done when we came down with the flu. We lost close to two months of our lives with medical stuff. I didn't finish my dental work until almost the end of March. We just couldn't concentrate on taxes.
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@Morleyhunt (15003)
• Canada
14 Apr
When I owned the store (business taxes) and we owned two rental units as well as a house...I did all the sales taxes myself....we had an accountant look after the income tax. One year they made such a massive mistake, I almost had a heart attack. I called them at 10 PM leaving an urgent message and again at 8:30 AM when they opened. I was not a happy camper....I fact I was MAD. Their error changed our taxes from a rebate to a bill of more than $20,000.00. Hope you and hubby get things sorted out.
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@bagarad (7657)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Apr
I"m hoping our accountant didn't make a big mistake last year on our capital gains after we sold our building. Our doctor told us Wednesday that her father is a tax lawyer in another state and that we should have been able to sell it without paying capital gains since we are over 55 and have not sold any other properties since hitting 55. I thought that only applied to one's primary residence, not commercial rentals. I think my doctor is wrong, but my husband will probably get a second opinion from a tax lawyer. Paying that huge capital gains tax cut our social security benefits we get paid each month in half, since it increased what we pay for Medicare and that's subtracted from Social Security. I can barely pay the utilities this year for this house that used to have almost all expenses paid from my Social Security payments. The unexpected dental work makes it much harder to pay all the other expenses. I hope none of our tenants move this year.
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@Morleyhunt (15003)
• Canada
15 Apr
@bagarad if you have overpaid taxes a good accountant can get at least some of it back. Hopefully it resolves itself without causing too much stress.
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@bagarad (7657)
• Paso Robles, California
15 Apr
@Morleyhunt I hope not. We've had an extra unexpected dose of stress tonight. See my latest post.
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@PatZAnthony (11766)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
16 Apr
Maybe we can all scream together! It can really be a frustrating mess.
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@bagarad (7657)
• Paso Robles, California
16 Apr
I think I'm going to have to take over the bookkeeping. It' harder when two people with different systems try working on this project together.
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@PatZAnthony (11766)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
16 Apr
@bagarad Yes, it is and we don't need anything to make it harder.
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@bagarad (7657)
• Paso Robles, California
19 Apr
@PatZAnthony I was screaming at the computer most of the day yesterday. I think if we had a law that all members of Congress and anyone involved in making tax law had to do their own taxes without the help of a tax professional we might finally see more simplified forms. But I'll tell that story later.
@allen0187 (22467)
• Philippines
14 Apr
Tax season is no fun at all.
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@bagarad (7657)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Apr
For sure. But I'd still rather do taxes than get dental work done.
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@allen0187 (22467)
• Philippines
14 Apr
@bagarad speaking of dental work, I need to get three teeth filled. Not looking forward to it.
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@bagarad (7657)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Apr
@allen0187 And some of the pain will be in your wallet unless you are lucky enough to have dental insurance.
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• China
14 Apr
Small wonder you wanted to scream.I don't know how to levy a tax there,here it seems not to be as complicated as yours,and that my wife deals with it.
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@bagarad (7657)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Apr
Here we have a lot of forms to fill out if we don't just have jobs and get paid by someone every month. If we have investments and rental income we need to itemize all our expenses on difference form. Self-employed people or those who have rentals or own businesses -- even small ones -- have to itemize to deduct expenses from profits. Even income from blogging is a business and I can deduct certain internet and software costs, such as web hosting, from my blogging and affiliate income. We have to itemize what we've paid in taxes other than federal, interest or dividends we might have received from investments, expenses, and repairs on the rental properties, charitable contributions, medical expenses not covered by insurance, etc. My returns to file are usually over thirty pages of forms, schedules, worksheets, etc.
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• China
15 Apr
@bagarad Oh, income from blogging has to be taxed!They seem to keep a tight grip on taxes and it takes you a lot of time and energy to finish it.
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@bagarad (7657)
• Paso Robles, California
15 Apr
@changjiangzhibin89 Lots of time and energy. In fact, when Hubby started to enter data ion a form tonight, he got chest pain and I had to take him to the ER. I'm not kidding. Just posted about it.
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@KrauseHome (32392)
• United States
19 Apr
I thought mine was difficult with my business. I would not want to do yourself. Sounds confusing
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@bagarad (7657)
• Paso Robles, California
20 Apr
I will post soon about what was driving me crazy.
@LoriAMoore (12624)
• United States
16 Apr
Here we let me take charge of all receipts so it's easier and just a one-person system to track.
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@bagarad (7657)
• Paso Robles, California
19 Apr
I'm hoping to see changes along those lines this year.
@sugartoes (31245)
• Greencastle, Indiana
14 Apr
I'm glad we don't have tax's to do we just have to pay for tags & titles for the stuff we have being we don't work for a living & retired tax's went out the window.
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@bagarad (7657)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Apr
I've never heard of that. Must be nice.
@allknowing (54669)
• India
14 Apr
Shhhhh not so loud. Hope you have put on some music so that your neighbours do not hear your scream (lol) You mean to say this is the first time you ever had a difference of opinion?
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@bagarad (7657)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Apr
Of course not. But our patience runs thinner at tax time.
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