Thursday, April 15, 2010

My Apologies, Mr. Taxman

You know what today is, don't you?

April 15.

Tax day.

A day that all procrastinators dread (probably).

Especially me.

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.

(Or ever.)

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.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Oh, man. I am so sorry. I would seriously start crying. Like a tiny little girl.

  2. We use Tax Act Online. And pay the nominal fee for them so save it in their database for 3 or 4 years. And don't print. Now that I said it, next year I'll wish I did! Thank goodness for extensions. And good luck finding your info.

  3. I will never forget the year (I was 21) my Mom made me dig through our dumpster (industrial dumpster from the roping arena full of nasty beer cans and chew cans) because, I accidentally through out her taxes while I was cleaning the kitchen. Every year someone has to bring up the remember when Crystal story...! Yes I learned long ago print...print again...and file right away! or else you might live to regret it!

  4. A few weeks ago I was so upset because I realized our entire 2008 budget was missing from our computer. I knew I hadn't backed it up, and I knew that I needed the information for tax purposes (it's a long story). Thankfully, I had never deleted the recycle bin stuff and I happened to find it. But I had some computer geniuses tell me they could find it on my computer, even if it had been "permanently" deleted. Do you have any computer genius friends or family? Good luck to you!!

  5. Thank heavens for extensions!!!

    Computers are a funny thing. We put such important things on them, and then one It's had enough.

    Enjoy tomorrow!

  6. Ouch! Tax time in general sucks rocks but even more so when issues crop up. =[ Hope it gets straightened out soon!

  7. I HATE tax time. I hope I did ours right. :(

  8. It's 11:27 and I just e-filed. Well. I e-filed my extension. I'm just lucky because I don't think I owe anything...

    I'm SO SORRY. I HATE figuring out taxes. Doing them twice? That would be way way way worse than doing them once, which is bad enough.

  9. That is so unfair! You were ready to go! You did NOT procrastinate, and yet you get the procrastinators punishment. Ugh. I hope you find it somehow and don't have to do it again.

  10. Ny youngest and my grandkids, who were 5, 4, and 2 at the time one day happened over by the computer and messed with the keyboard and deleted EVERything! So we know a whiz, but not a free one, and hundreds of dollars later, we had back ALL of our pictures from the previous 5 years or so, and many missing documents. So I really really know how horrible it is...

  11. Oh how stressful! Bummer! You deserve a break this weekend!

  12. Oh, that's awful!!
    But, I am sure am glad we were the lucky recipients of your earlier tax refund!

  13. Oh man that really stinks! So sorry. I hope you can find it or figure out the information you need soon. Good Luck!

  14. Oh, I am absolutely sick for you. Sick! Good luck.

  15. oh dear! Sweet Sophia! I would have died...I felt like I did when I wrote the big fat check to both federal and state yesterday too! Hmm which utility should I put off for a few weeks.....thank goodness I ended up paying someone else to do mine...I just don't trust myself I guess.....

  16. what is it about us procrastinating on taxes! i thought if we had our business accountant take over our personal taxes that i wouldn't have the "wait-till-last-minute" problem this year. not true. he did our taxes on 3/8 and we got money back but then he had to file an addendum and needed us to come pick up paper work and sign it and mail it in - which i did not get around to doing until 4/15...haha. my more accountant! darn taxes - ew.

  17. Oof, ouch. We filed ours two months ago, but whenever we owe money we wait until the last minute to send the check (hey, why give them our money early, right?). Well, I almost forgot this year, and just barely got it postmarked in time.

    Next year I'm sending payment right away!