It’s that time of year again. Income tax time! I dread it with a passion, and I ask myself why? I have worked as an accountant in some capacity my whole life. In fact, I enjoy working with numbers. I even prepared tax returns for a number of years. Why is doing my personal tax return so painful?
Well, let me explain. First of all, my husband is a farmer. We have been in the farming business for 45 years. You would think we would have the process perfected by now, but we always seem to have the same problem. I take care of the books throughout the year, and try so hard to keep a record of everything we will need when it comes time for the tax appointment. My husband has a more relaxed approach to recordkeeping. He keeps it all in his head. I am not saying he doesn’t have a good memory, but it is selective. We just don’t seem to agree on what is important. I like things exact down to the penny, and he thinks as long as it is close, the exact amount doesn’t matter.
It never fails every time we sit down with the tax preparer, she asks a question I can’t answer. I immediately panic and turn to my husband hoping he will be able to search his selective memory and provide an answer. He calmly answers the preparer’s questions. The two of them work together quite well filling in the information my bookkeeping has not supplied. I want to be like them, calm, cool and collected. Instead, by the time the appointment is over, I am really beyond frustrated. I try to convince myself there is nothing to get so worked up about, but the appointment always ends up the same way, with me aggravated and my husband clueless as to why I am. Needless to say, I am always relieved when the tax returns are filed and I have another whole year before I have to do it all over again.