It’s official. The honeymoon is over. For years I’ve enjoyed doing our taxes myself. Yes, I did use enjoy and taxes in the same sentence. I loved entering everything on the forms and working the numbers.
It all started when my dad sat me down in high school with a pencil and a copy of a 1040EZ. I filled out the form and he instructed me in how to fill it out. Ahhh, those were the days. When I joined the Marine Corps and got married I moved up to a 1040A. Things got more complicated and we went to the 1040 and I started using TurboTax to help me file. We got tax refunds for many years before we got smart and figured to have less taxes withheld from our paychecks instead of loaning the government our money all year. There were even a few years while my husband was active duty and deployed to the middle east that our tax liability was $0. We are in a different income bracket now, so while I’m truly thankful for that, our taxes have gone up and gotten a bit more complicated.
I’m done with doing it myself though. In 2008 we sold our house and moved across the country. We had two state income tax forms to file and of course the federal form. If you’ve ever tried doing 2 state income tax forms you know it’s not fun or easy by any means.
So while I have this little voice in the back of my head telling me I’m a failure for not being able to do it myself, I don’t trust my sleep deprived brain enough to file our taxes. I need help. IRS, if you are reading this, why do you have to make it so stinkin’ complicated?!!!