The tax preparation software is supposed to make this easier.
Our paperwork seems to be growing exponentially each year.
Plug this info in here, these numbers in there.
Text husband for clarification.
Call husband for clarification.
Oh. my. gawd...what do you mean, we owe THAT much? We haven't owed the IRS in YEARS, if ever!
Adding up all the medical expenses and charitable donations. Maybe, just maybe, we can itemize....this....year....nope. (insert expletive)
Call college girl for educational expense form. Leave message. She calls back, says she's at work, she'll text a picture of it.
(Waiting on text, trying to take a nap to reduce stress, can't fall asleep.)
Text arrives, picture is blurry, like a bad tattoo. Can't read a thing on it. Text her back, delete picture. Back to the computer.
Maybe if I fill this in...wait...I have no idea what "basis" is...help menu isn't helping...maybe Googling it will make it clearer...nope, still confused.
(Leaves computer to do laundry, since dirty clothes are low on the stress-meter. A bit of chocolate needs to be had before heading back to the screen.)
Giving up on the confusing bit. Don't think it really applies to us, doesn't seem to put a dent in what we owe, anyway.
This is really depressing. Oh, yay, hubby is home so I can tell him the bill so far, see if he can figure out the confusing part. Now we're both depressed. Forget dining out tonight, let's just go through a drive-through.
(Isn't it just moronic, abusing my body with grease and soda and onion rings when stress hits?)
Wait, finally got college girl's form. Start plugging in those numbers...YES! Bill has gone from REALLY depressing to only SOMEWHAT depressing.
Still ticked about not getting a refund. Aaarrrrggghhhh.