Whoever organized the tax forms: You try to think logically, figuring the lettered order means something, only to realize you’ll hop around the various forms like a monkey suffering from ADD who’s juiced on crack.
I do our taxes almost every year.
They are mostly the same, every year.
It seems so simple.
Then I sit down, all of the various forms printed out and placed in front of me.
Names and Social Security Numbers – Easy.
Kid’s Social Security Numbers – Look up.
Line 7: Income – Easy.
Then things get complicated. Schedule B for this line. Schedule D for that line, but to know which box to check mark, you need to complete line 24 of this other schedule and copy it to that form. But wait, you didn’t fill out Schedule A, and you need this number to find out your taxable amount, and are these qualified dividends?
The head spins until you resemble Linda Blair in The Exorcist.
I wonder if the government has a room full of attention deficit disorder crack smoking monkeys tucked away in a secret compound, randomly deciding what order and label to give the various forms and schedules. Why else wouldn’t they be labeled in the order you need to complete them?
Oh yeah. So only those certified CPA’s can understand them.
What the frak?
Sidenote: I had them done an entire day early this year, which would have been two days late if April 15th had been its typical deadline. Thanks to children, there will be a refund.
How do you get your taxes done? Do it yourself? Tax program? Accountant? Cave in the wilderness hiding from the IRS? Do they cause you any “what the frak” moments?