Stress . . .
It is hitting me more and more lately, particularly since I decided to do my own taxes for the first time in my life and not pay out nearly $300 to have a professional do the work.
I made under $55,000 last year. That’s the cutoff for a Pennsylvania assistance program for those of us over a certain age. I got a small pension payment per month and a distribution from my IRA fund which I was required to take. The only other funds I will report are from Social Security. I hope I can get the assistance from someone who knows what they’re doing.
I Don’t Know What I Am Doing.
I hate to admit it, but I got scared when I read the thick catalog put out by the IRS and made available at the local library. I must have miscalculated something because my initial review stated I owed more than $7,000 in taxes. $7,000! I never owed that much even in my most productive working years.
My wife had done our taxes until she suffered a traumatic brain injury more than 10 years ago. I had the tax preparation done by H&R Block the over the next several years.
But she had transitioned some two years ago and I decided to grow up and be less dependent on others, particularly when I hear that so many people do their own taxes.
Hell, I got an A in tax law while in law school. I also got an A-Plus in Trusts and Estates, securing an award for the highest grade in that class. In addition, I got another A in Secured Transactions.
What I wanted to practice, however, was labor law which I got a D-Plus and settled for practicing criminal law where I had gotten a combined average of a C-Plus.
I hope I do the government right through my meager effort to do my duty. You see I don’t mind paying taxes for the benefit of everyone in our country. I just don’t want to be audited for some stupid mistake or miscalculation.
Wish me luck and pray that I don’t end up like an Al Capone for evading something or other.