Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Tax Time!

They don’t waste time now do they!

Today is January 2nd and already Revenue Canada is asking me for money! We don’t even have to submit our tax forms until April 30th and they are already reminding us! Give me a break! I am broke right now! I am still recuperating from Christmas! It’s not like they need my money ahead of time. Besides, they have been in debt billions of dollars for as far as I can remember so what harm would it do to wait for at least a couple of weeks before reminding me that tax time is just around the corner.

Over the past decade, I have owed the government scads of dollars. Now, I am not blaming them for this though if I did, I would feel justified. I have to admit I was the creator of my own financial tax woes. Because I had been working two jobs all year for a number of years, I was paying taxes in the wrong bracket. Well, when it came to tax time it took a bite out of my butt and I have been paying for it ever since. This year, however, it is different! I have spent the last three years getting extra taxes taken off my pay cheque to even out the score. This year, I will have paid off my debt to the government and will, in fact, be getting a refund … Holy cow! A REFUND!

Now comes the question … What am I going to do with my refund? Here is a comprehensive list of ideas… Pay bills!

When does it end? When can I simply buy myself something with my tax refund? Well, maybe one day down the road when I have no more debt, I will be able to buy myself a new Jaguar (the car, by the way!)… or even a used one … or maybe I could settle for a new Ford… And then I would be right back in debt!

So, where does it all end? It never does and ultimately the government gets it from you anyways … Sales tax on the new car, road taxes, gas taxes, insurance taxes …

So, my tax forms came in today … big deal! I’ll just shelve them until April 29th because if I don’t I will just have to pay the accountant for his services earlier and then the government will just take their slice out of that as well.

It’s no coincidence that we have birds on the back of our $100 bill… My money just flies away as soon as I get it … How appropriate… How symbolic!

Now that that’s off my chest!


Janice said...

A humorous and all too true post Dave...I live on a very small gas royalty that gets taxed twice: federally AND provincially because I don't live in the same province where the well is located... sometimes the royalty is way below $1000/mo but that doesn't stop them from garnisheeing the royalty so they can get paid...it will be a couple years before they finally do get paid; just in time to be in debt again...good thing I live a simple life...LOL

Josie said...

My gosh, I never really noticed those birds on the bills. It really makes the money look like it's flying away, doesn't it?

I haven't heard from Revenue Canada yet, but I have heard from my accountant to remind me to make an appointment to see him. Sigh....


Dave said...

Hi Josie!

Well, if B.C. is anything like Ontario, Rev Can will be after you real soon! Take care of yourself.

Monika said...

I'm sorry,I know it's a serious issue, but I had to laugh reading your entry today. ;o)

Dave said...

Hey Monica!

Sometimes things get so frustrating that the only way to get through it is to laugh about it ... So feel free to laugh! :-)

Take care!

Dave said...

Janice, I wish my life was simple ... Maybe one day!

Be good!

abbagirl74 said...

I am suppose to get a refund as well. It will be small. Oh well.