Logan: *links to Reddit post about tax law error in final episode of “True Detective”*
Vanessa hates taxes.
To celebrate the fact that I am editing my to-do list from “finish taxes by Tuesday morning” to “finish taxes by end of week,” here is a fun tax season story, courtesy of the Guardian.
Last week we talked about what it means to be offered stock options in your company, and the difference between what you’ll pay for them and what they might be “worth” (in both the market sense and the tax implication sense). But the thing is, you don’t get all of the stock at once. That’s another reason why they’re called incentive stock options.
According to Businessweek, Democratic Representative Mike Quigley has introduced a bill to amend the federal tax code so that boats cannot be claimed as second mortgages! Bold.
Autostraddle has a great interview with Emily Gould, which is mostly about Emily Books and you should read it. But this is the part that is relevant to us:
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ADULT WOMAN: “I haven’t been to therapy in a month and I need to go and I want to go but I haven’t done the one thing she told me to do, so I can’t go.”
ME (also an adult woman): “What’d she tell you to do?”
ME: “But I thought you got an accountant?”
AW: “I did but she wants me to do this thing I’m not going to do so I can’t talk to her so I can’t do my taxes.”
For those who haven’t heard, I am sorry to tell you that as of this morning, Amazon sales in MA are now subject to sales tax. A victory for brick-and-mortar stores, the state of Massachusetts, and anyone who panics when their accountant asks them how much they spent on online purchases since last April (this may not be related to sales tax but that question always freaks me out). Amazon already charges sales tax in a dozen other states. The change in MA is projected to earn the state an extra 37 million dollars this year. Think of how many libraries you could keep open with that kind of money!
Thursdays are a great day to do that 1 thing you need to do but don’t want to do but need to do.
Want to hear a horror story? Last night I was searching through one of my baskets of crap to find some stationary. I wanted to write some notes to send to friends—I am always wanting to write some notes to send to friends—and this time I was actually doing it. It was kind of a big deal. I was feeling kind of great about myself. Anyway, basket of crap. Lots of unopened bank statements from before I figured out how to get them to stop sending me mail; crumpled up pay stubs; my stationary, yes; notebooks and scribbles on napkins and menus of ideas I will literally never do anything with; and oh ha what is this, oh just a W2 from 2012 … and another W2 from 2012 … and a 1099, also from 2012.
So my 1 thing today is to figure that out. Figure out how to redo my taxes that I just did. Hhahahhaa. Perhaps you are wondering, how did I not know? That they were missing? Good question. Really good question. I think the answer is, that time has been very fluid for me? I am pretty fuzzy on when things happened? Everything seems so very long ago? Wistful thinking when doing taxes on the last day they are due after an extension? Anyway, figuring that out today. I might even get to call to the IRS!!
Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don’t want to do but also don’t want to continue thinking about doing.