You know what today is, don't you?
A day that all procrastinators dread (probably).
In my defense, I did do my federal return way back in February. I e-filed using Tax Cut software, and we even got our refund just in time to head out to Utah. I also prepared the returns for both Utah and Michigan. But we owed them both money, so I did not send them in right away.
And, also, I did not print them right away.
For that matter, I did not ever print my federal return, either.
Last night, I figured I'd better get those state returns printed, put together and mailed. With big fat checks included, of course. So, I sat down at my computer and looked everywhere for the 2009 Tax Cut program. It was supposed to be on my desktop. It had disappeared into thin air. No files or anything were left.
I suspect my darling 3-year old mischief-maker. Last week she wanted to play "dotcom" on my computer, and was too impatient to wait for me to get the internet up for her. When I came into the room I found all manner of windows and dialog boxes on the screen. I also discovered she had renamed Google Chrome "xcjkaroei sdkedj fl" and that my desktop icons had been rearranged.
I'm guessing she also managed to obliterate any proof that I actually had done our taxes for this year.
And so, last night, I found myself in quite the bind, on hold with Tax Cut customer service for nearly an hour. I was pretty impressed that it only took them that long to answer, since it was April 14 and all and I'm sure business must have been hopping for them. But, as it turns out, it was only because their systems were down and they couldn't actually help anyone.
Just my luck.
I tried to do the taxes myself, using all of the online forms, but they kind of require knowing what the heck your federal return says. So, I sat at the computer and cried for a while.
And then I filed extensions.
Thank goodness I had actually bothered to write down how much I owed each state.
The moral of the story?
Never assume that a file saved on your computer is safe. Print immediately. Especially if you live with Sophia.