Why am I posting at 3:23 a.m.? Because we JUST finished filing our Federal Income Tax Return. That's right, we wait until the very last day possible. Plus it's been a tough few weeks for us, lots of stress that I might or might not talk about later in the week. Alex has had to have a medication change and adjustment (those of us who live with The Beast that is bipolar disorder just looooooove the blooming springtime and ever-loving Daylight Savings Time--read this DRIPPING with sarcasm and hostility) that has got us both all out of whack with our schedules and had us missing work, so we're UP at all hours anyway, and just happened to realize at around 1:00 a.m. that, uh, taxes are due.
And here's the thing--we have to PAY. I just don't get it. We earn almost exactly what is the median income for married couples in the United States, and we have a child, considerable and ongoing medical expenses, mortgage interest, and other deductibles, we withhold the maximum from our salaries, make charitable donations, and still we PAY. It kills me. I look at the thousands of dollars of our money the government has already taken (keeping US from drawing interest on it during the year), and just shake my head in wonderment that at the end, they actually get MORE.
If I felt like everyone paid their fair share, I wouldn't be nearly this bothered by the whole thing. And I'm not talking about low-income families and people who utilize social programs to get by, but the opposite: CEOs of Fortune 500 companies...the top 2% or whatever it is. Bring on the consumption tax.* If Alan Greenspan is ready for it (and he is), so am I, dang it.
We went through it several times, and can't find any relief. We're sending the money (obviously), but submitting all our info to a professional CPA and seeing if they find something we're doing wrong, in which case we'll file a corrected return later.
And now we're all agitated, so we really can't sleep, and we have to be up in 3 hours to get ready to fulfill our end of this transaction...and we're also all sentimental about that, and a bit emotional. But tonight, our precious Miss Jacy has been bathed, fluffed, and trimmed, had her teeth cleaned and her toenails clipped and perfume applied. She's packed her little bag, including her pillow, covered in the well-worn t-shirt of the love of her life, Alex, and is ready for her long flight from Little Rock, Arkansas, all the way to the wilds of British Columbia, where we know she will be well-loved and will receive individual attention much more in line with what she deserves. *sob* It has been a LONG week, and a longer weekend.
Hopefully things will be back to normal, at least schedule and routine-wise, on Tuesday. I have lots to share, and plenty of pictures, and more soap packages going out, so thank you everyone who ordered for your patience in that regard.
*From a news report a few months ago: "Greenspan pointed out the merits of a "consumption" tax, as well as the challenges of setting up such a tax. Consumption taxes can take the form of national retail sales taxes (search) or a value-added tax, imposed on the increased value of a good or service at each stage of manufacture and distribution and ultimately passed on to the consumer.
"As you know, many economists believe that a consumption tax would be best from the perspective of promoting economic growth — particularly if one were designing a tax system from scratch — because a consumption tax is likely to encourage saving and capital formation," Greenspan said.
"However, getting from the current tax system to a consumption tax raises a challenging set of transition issues," he added."