The Universe smiled upon me and relieved the stress I created when deciding to get my taxes done without paying an arm and a leg for help.
It happened very mysteriously. For some unknown reason, I decided to place my tax papers in my car as I attended to some chores the other day. I went to the library to make a copy for my son’s Human Design chart and I noticed that AARP volunteers had set up tables to assist in tax preparation.
I had tried to make an appointment weeks ago but they got booked up quickly. I also called a group called VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and left two messages but heard nothing back from the Norristown, PA office.
For some reason, I decided to poke my head in the meeting room on the second floor that served the Upper Merion Township Supervisors. It’s in the same building as the library and the police department. Some eight to ten professional-looking people were assisting tax-needy folks. I told a woman who greeted me that I was unable to reserve an appointment and, lo and behold, she told me that they could do a “walk-in” if I had my tax documents.
I got down in one knee and blessed her. I then stood up and rushed out the room, down the steps and out the door to my car parked outside.
I felt like Uncle Scrooge discovering he wasn’t late for Christmas and I dashed back in, laid out my papers and let a kind gentleman walk me through the tax process.
I ended up having to pay $321 to Uncle Sam. That’s because I had no taxes taken out of my Social Security checks and I was forced to take a distribution from my Retirement Account (IRA) upon reaching the mandatory age.
My tax fears were quenched and my stress almost magically taken away! (See my previous story: Stress taxing me).
Yes, as the author of the book, The Alchemist, put it so succinctly:
“And, when you want something, all the Universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”
My tax wish is living evidence for that enlightening truism!