This afternoon I helped represent colgaffneyis at the Minnesota Tartan Day ceremonies. Like last year I was one of the musketeers. My first shot failed, but without harm. The second went off correctly.
Afterwards I went home. I did the tax return for our son J, following up on this morning’s work. Everything is clean. I will wait a day or two in case I can think of any additional deductions, then electronicly file the returns.
Today’s snowstorm (this is Minnesota) meant that I was an hour late getting home. Also cold and wet. I immediately had to load some dead computer stuff (4 computers, 1 monitor, and 1 scanner) into the car for recycling tomorrow. Then I had to type up, edit, and submit the minutes of colgaffneyis last Board meeting–the next one is Tuesday. I finished that just after 8PM. Next I had to do taxes. I had done most of the work last week so I was able to finish a little after 9. And I think it is finished. The returns (one for us and one for J) have been submitted electronically and I have saved backup copies of the files (I work in systems administration–paranoia is my profession). The only possible issue is that a return might be rejected by either the IRS or Minnesota. This is unlikely. TurboTax is quite good and our tax life is not that interesting. Just sometimes painful.
As I wrote previously, our 2007 tax situation was chaotic. It now looks like we will be getting a record refund from the Feds and paying a record amount to the State. Still, that works out in our favor.
Our son J has a separate tax return, but I am stuck on that, He is getting Social Security Disability payments, but we do not yet have the SSA-1099 for him.
While writing this I realized we have a similar situation for our younger son, Tom. We will be contacting their social worker.
I thought I should take at least a first look at taxes while it was still March, so I installed the copy of TurboTax that had been sitting on my desk for several weeks. I then went ahead and did most of the data entry. 2007 was quite a chaotic year for our tax situation so I had no idea what to expect. It now looks like we be getting a refund of well over $1000, but four hours ago I would not have been surprised to see a similar figure in the other direction.
We still have a few more things to enter into the system, but they all work in our favor. I think I have accounted for everything that could bite us.
Last night was the monthly meeting of colgaffneyis Board of Directors, of which I am the Secretary. The Treasurer proposed a very reasonable settlement of an issue that had been hanging over our heads for a long time. However mia_mcdavid and I cringed at one phrase that he used: Continue reading →