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I have never taken a deduction, itemized or otherwise. I file Telefile/EZ. I didn't even make 30K last year. But I get a nasty-gram from the IRS saying I owe them money from a few years ago when they settled one of my credit card debts, and apparently the interest I didn't pay counts as income. They sent me a letter to that effect last year after I'd filed, and I set it aside meaning to file an amended form and then just plain forgot. So it's my own stupid fault, BUT... {sigh} Just as I start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, I find out it's a train. So I'll gather up all my papers and actually approach an accountant for the first time, and perhaps it's best I start doing that anyway, since I will be making over 30K this year. I hope they'll let me make regular payments on this, since I know I can't, ha ha, appeal to the compassion of the IRS.

My truck was making funny noises this last week because the muffler was falling off. That's been replaced, and if it were not for the stalwart wonderfulness of my best-beloved rahirah, I would have $3 to my name until April 1.

I'm seriously considering putting my Dwight-Yoakam-signed guitar up on eBay.

I have a review due tomorrow I have no interest in writing now. Thank goodness I got the review of Call Me Lonesome done in advance. Because honestly? I just want to sulk.

Some fun St. Patrick's Day. (Normally one of my favorite holidays. I'm wearing my green long-sleeved T, over which was a shamrock-green button-down, with my green blazer -- which is getting to be WAY too big for me anymore -- and my shamrock earrings with the lovely claddaugh necklace rahirah gave me for Valentine's Day. Am I Irish? I believe so -- I certainly LOOK Irish. My name is Irish. My mother's family is English-German. My father's family is German and... we don't know. It's possible my family name isn't "Coleman" at all, because we believe Dad's great-grandfather may have been a deserter and adapted a pseudonym when he came to Nebraska. But I choose to believe I'm Irish, and there's no way to prove it one way or t'other.)


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Mar. 18th, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)
<< I'm seriously considering putting my Dwight-Yoakam-signed guitar up on eBay. >>

Do. Not. Do. It. I'll pay you to keep it. (This from a woman who would die of happiness to own such a thing.)
Mar. 18th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
Just one of those thoughts. Barb suggested selling one of the cars, and other than that, it's the only thing of real (or perceived) value I own (squeeze me some more, IRS). I had a picture of it scanned somewhere, but I can't find it. I have other crap I can sell, first, though. ;)
Mar. 18th, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC)
Fingers crossed the IRS will let you work out a payment plan and the question of selling anything will be moot. If it does come to that, maybe you can sell reviews or something, rather than a prized possession. I would just hate to see you give up that guitar, even though I'm sure you could get plenty of money for it.

Btw, I'm just transferring that Keith video you taped for me over to DVD, and it came out great. There's no green bit at all, so maybe all you have is a bad cable.
Mar. 18th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
Well, I just got off the phone with my debt resolution people, and she told me that when I talk to the tax man, I should ask about what's called a "forgiveness of debt." She told me that very few of the people she's worked with have had to pay taxes on their cancelled debts, so keep your fingers crossed! :)

I'm glad it got to you okay! It may be just when the machine is tired or something -- when I re-hooked it up, there was no problem with it. I know it's the machine and not the cable, though, because it stops happening whenever I take the machine off!
Mar. 19th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
It would be great if you didn't have to pay! And certainly the debt resolution people would be the ones to know about that, so I'll cross whatever's crossable on your behalf.

And...beats me about the VCR. They're temperamental little beasts sometimes.
Mar. 18th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)
Mar. 18th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
I can strongly recommend my tax preparer. I'm going to them this year, even though my income is zero, just for consistency. Let me know if you want their info.

Mar. 18th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
Sure. I was just going to go over to Jackson Hewitt because it's close, but if you have a recommendation, sounds great to me.
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