(*%^$&^#@$ Taxes!!!


tracy
#1
I owe the government almost $2000!!! I am so bummed. Look like there will be no gallbladder operation for me in the near future... I was also planning on starting graduate school in the fall, but between this, the gallbladder and a few other unexpected expenses, January 2007 looks like a more realistic start date.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#2
Tracy, that is a shocker for you. Brings to mind the old joke (which isn't going to be that funny to you right now, but just think, in fifty years or so, you'll laugh! Maybe!):

Simplified Income Tax Form

1. How much did you make last year?

2. Send it in.
 
tracy
#3
It's even funny now Haggis. It's just a surprise because I have NEVER owed taxes before. I always get work to take out extra so that I get a refund (I got over 3K back last year). Apparently this year I made too much money. My bank account would disagree with that, but that's what the tax lady says... Picked up too much overtime at work apparently. I've already called work to double my 401K contribution and the extra tax money I get taken out so that this hopefully won't happen next year.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#4
You're a better soul than I, then! I would be gnashing my teeth, kicking the dog, and basically throwing myself to the ground and wailing.

Oh, and looking frantically around for loopholes. Is it written in stone, or is there still time to cast about for a loophole or three?
 
Sassylassie
#5
I am tired of being taxed to death. I run a small business that has grown faster than I expected, the paper work alone could sent someone over to the dark side. I payed my yearly HST two months early and was rewarded with a mean spirited note telling me all the horrible things the govenment will do to me if I don't remit my balloon payments four times a year. If you actually sit down and keep track of what you pay in taxes on every cent you spend you would be surprised at how much our governemts take from us.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#6
I know, and then if you add to it all the layers of insurance you pay - house, car, life, work, whatever - it can get pretty discouraging.
 
Jay
#7
Do flowers cheer up the over taxed?


 
I think not
#8
I think Tracy likes chocolate, Jay
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#9
Checked for chocolate. All out. How 'bout some microwaved emoticon?
 
I think not
#10
If she gets any of her recipes from Manda or GG, nuked jellyfish might be in order.
 
MMMike
#11
I feel for you Tracy. But think, you'd probably be paying twice the taxes if you still lived here in Canada! btw, I'd never set it up such that I got a big refund every year. It amounts to giving the government an interest-free loan for a year - no thanks, I'll keep my own money!
 
tracy
#12
You guys are hilarious I like flowers and chocolates

MMMike, that's why I didn't have much extra taken out of my paychecks last year like I did the year before. I've been watching Suzie Orman a little too much and she says the same thing as you. But, I would rather get 3K back than owe almost 2K, even if it means the government gets an interest free loan from me. The really sad thing is that I actually pay about the same in taxes here as I did in Canada (then add health costs on top of it). California is sort of known for its high tax rate.

Oh well, in the grand scheme of things it isn't too high a price to pay for the fun I've had down here. I really do like being across from the beach with 80 degree weather in February. I'm just going to think of it as having a $2000 tan... and have some more rice pudding to make myself feel better.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by tracy

I really do like being across from the beach with 80 degree weather in February.

!! Oh man, now that's just plain showing off!
 
Jersay
#14
One answer for all of you;

Viva La Revolution.

Or go with Stephen Harper's tax plan. Withever one is more comfortable for ya.
 
I think not
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by Haggis McBagpipe

Quote: Originally Posted by tracy

I really do like being across from the beach with 80 degree weather in February.

!! Oh man, now that's just plain showing off!

Haggis, don't sweat it, all Californians have is the weather, everything else....welll.
 
Jay
#16
I don't know if your interested, but I hear California has a lot of good looking women too....
 
unclepercy
#17
First, California women can't hold a candle to Texas women. Texas women are the most sought after by modeling agencies.

Anyway, as to the BLASTED taxes, it's that time of the year for us in the US. In December, there were $4,000 in property taxes. Then, I made a downpayment of $15,000 on the federal income taxes we will owe. I am quite sure we will owe more than that.
If it weren't for the damned insurance and taxes, we all "feel" rich.

Uncle
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by I think not

Haggis, don't sweat it, all Californians have is the weather, everything else....welll.

Oooooo <in a hushed voice> ladies and gentlemen, we're in a very Taxing situation here. Over in this corner, we have a New Yorker. In the other corner, we have a Californian, and folks, this could be it. Things could get ugly any minute now as these contenders size each other up. New York. California. As different as night and day. Will there be a bloodbath of suntan lotion and blonde beach bunnies? Or will New York be reduced to hip-hopped shambles, and the only survivors roaming gangs of foul-mouthed taxi drivers?

. . . and will the mods FINALLY get to say, "Hey! Take it to the Beach, Boys!"
 
I think not
#19
That's another thing, Californians have those convoluted idea what a beach is; a flat sandy surface full of beach volley ball courts and surfers.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by I think not

That's another thing, Californians have those convoluted idea what a beach is; a flat sandy surface full of beach volley ball courts and surfers.

How silly, eh? Give us the New York version, ITN
 
Hank C
#21
New York ha, I woulden't dare swim in polluted water filled with dead corpses. No offence ITN but the industrial regions of New Jersey across from Manhattan are hell on earth.....or at least as close to hell on earth as I have ever seen.

But then again i'm a Ohio boy, feel free to take you best swing. :P
 
tracy
#22
Don't worry Haggis, I won't start a fight. People who live in California can recognize the bitter syndrome that causes New Yorkers to criticize us. He's just angry because it's probably so cold and nasty outside where he is .... We know California has everything a person could want.
 
missile
#23
If its any consolation---you'd be paying more than 2 grand for the privilege of staying warm this Winter here. Our pale complexions are just an added bonus
 
I think not
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by Haggis McBagpipe

How silly, eh? Give us the New York version, ITN

Quote: Originally Posted by Hank C

New York ha, I woulden't dare swim in polluted water filled with dead corpses. No offence ITN but the industrial regions of New Jersey across from Manhattan are hell on earth.....or at least as close to hell on earth as I have ever seen.

But then again i'm a Ohio boy, feel free to take you best swing. :P

Here's a sample




 
I think not
#25
Quote: Originally Posted by tracy

Don't worry Haggis, I won't start a fight. People who live in California can recognize the bitter syndrome that causes New Yorkers to criticize us. He's just angry because it's probably so cold and nasty outside where he is .... We know California has everything a person could want.

Except electricity? :P
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#26
<hushed voice continutes> . . . and ladies and gentlemen, I've never seen the like of it before in the ring, we have contenders UnclePercy from Texas and Hank from Ohio entering the fray. they're wandering into the ring, lacing up their gloves, four contenders at once, this is new, folks, is a TKO in the works or a wrecked beach? Time will tell.

ITN comes in with a picturesque right jab, but Tracy feints with an upper cut, a real kick in the sand there. Uncle slams with a pan handled fist while Hank is O so high O with his punches.

It's getting crowded in the ring, folks, and who knows where this will take us?
 
tracy
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by I think not

Quote: Originally Posted by tracy

Don't worry Haggis, I won't start a fight. People who live in California can recognize the bitter syndrome that causes New Yorkers to criticize us. He's just angry because it's probably so cold and nasty outside where he is .... We know California has everything a person could want.

Except electricity? :P

I have electricity at the oh so expensive cost of about $30 a month. Course, I don't turn on the lights much since it's usually so sunny around here We don't get the fun of spending months in the cold darkness like you NYers do, but that's something I'm willing to accept :P

Come to think of it, the last time I was without electricity was in Toronto the summer before I moved here. Remember that big blackout that affected the US and Canada? I saw a lot of pictures of NYers walking home... No cars I guess... I'm glad that I now live in a place where I can afford a car!

Personally, I don't see the point of having a beach that you can't swin in most of the year. NY beaches are such a waste. My cute new bikini would have to spend months in the closet. That isn't right. It belongs on me while I'm laying on a beach towel enjoying a margarita... Viva California!
 
tracy
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by missile

If its any consolation---you'd be paying more than 2 grand for the privilege of staying warm this Winter here. Our pale complexions are just an added bonus

I had to laugh at this. I'm actually really tan by my standards. Every time I go home my friends and family comment on how dark I am... But, I'm also a redhead and have that natural scottish paleness so everyone here thinks I'm really pale until I show them my tan line. Only then do they realize how tan I am.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by tracy

My cute new bikini would have to spend months in the closet. That isn't right. It belongs on me while I'm laying on a beach towel enjoying a margarita... Viva California!

My god, Tracy has thrown in a punch to floor the lot of them. Can I Think Not survive this one? I think not.
 
I think not
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by tracy

I have electricity at the oh so expensive cost of about $30 a month. Course, I don't turn on the lights much since it's usually so sunny around here We don't get the fun of spending months in the cold darkness like you NYers do, but that's something I'm willing to accept :P

Come to think of it, the last time I was without electricity was in Toronto the summer before I moved here. Remember that big blackout that affected the US and Canada? I saw a lot of pictures of NYers walking home... No cars I guess... I'm glad that I now live in a place where I can afford a car!

Personally, I don't see the point of having a beach that you can't swin in most of the year. NY beaches are such a waste. My cute new bikini would have to spend months in the closet. That isn't right. It belongs on me while I'm laying on a beach towel enjoying a margarita... Viva California!

Bah, what good is year round sunshine when you don't get to enjoy the four seasons nature has to offer?

And who needs a car in New York City anyway, when all the world as at your feet? Oooops, sorry, I know you guys need a car to get around EVERYWHERE, but then again, where would you go? The Chinese Theatre?

There are plenty of other things to do with the beach, like fishing?
 

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