Top Ten Things Not To Do While Doing Your Taxes

Here is the 33rd installment of Ten Top Lists of What Not to Do by Marie Ann Bailey of 1WriteWay at http://1writeway.com and John W. Howell of Fiction Favorites at http://johnwhowell.com. These lists are simu-published on our blogs each Monday. We hope you enjoy.
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10.  While doing your taxes, do not allow the cat to sit on your keyboard. If you do, at best you may miss a couple of deductions.  At worst, your kitty may just add a few zeroes to your tax bill.

9.  While doing your taxes, do not have a hot drink sitting on some of your worksheets. If you do, at best you could tip it over and ruin the papers. At worst, you could tip it into your lap and jeopardize your love life till you heal.

8.  While doing your taxes, do not allow your dog to play with the computer cord. If you do, at best you may run out of battery. At worst, you may need to run out to the vet to help Fido overcome his electro-shock treatment

7.  While doing your taxes, do not allow the family to play video games on your computer between sessions. If you do, at best some memory may disappear. At worst, the IRS may get a Madden football game instead of your 1040.

6.  While doing your taxes, do not leave your computer without saving your file. If you do, at best you might have to remember all your half-truths all over again. At worst, you may be unable to reconstruct your perfect return and end up owing more that you had planned.

5.  While doing your taxes, do not think the IRS is okay with rough guesses or estimates of the numbers. If you do, at best you will never hear from the IRS. At worst, you will have to explain your numbers during an audit to a disbelieving agent with a cattle prod.

4.  While doing your taxes, do not forget to sign your return even if you don’t believe it to be true. If you do, at best the return will bounce back. At worst, the lack of signature will trigger a visit from NSA who will want to know all about you.

3.  While doing your taxes, do not try to get away without attaching a check if you owe money. If you do, at best the government will send you a nasty note. At worst, you will find out how little a sense of humor the IRS really has.

2.  While doing your taxes, do not drink alcohol even if you think it will help. If you do, at best you might be shocked by the amount you deducted. At worst, you may be shocked to find you have already mailed the return on which you took too many deductions.

1.  While doing your taxes, do not be discouraged enough to decide not to file. If you do, at best you will never sleep again. At worst, you may get your living expenses paid, but will have a roommate who wants to go steady.

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17 Responses to Top Ten Things Not To Do While Doing Your Taxes

  1. Olivia Stocum says:

    #1 cracked me up!

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  2. I’m pretty sure Madden wouldn’t go over very well. IRS seems more of a Super Mario place.

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  3. Lol! I agree, drinking and doing taxes…not a good combination! Happy Monday!

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  4. Good morning Marie. I remember spilling coffee over my work papers. Lucky for me the spill happened during a recheck and not while I was trying to figure out the numbers. An audit would have been fun since the papers were almost illegible.

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  5. sknicholls says:

    Number one is my greatest fear. It amazes me that if you owe them money for capital gains they want it immediately, but if they owe you money you can only claim up to $3000.00 a year on capital losses.

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  6. Expat Eye says:

    One of the few activities drinking doesn’t help with 🙂

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  7. I landed on the perfect solution. I “let” my wife do the taxes… 💰

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    • 1WriteWay says:

      Lucky you! We have a CPA do ours. We don’t really need to because we don’t itemize, but she is a wonderful woman. We think she likes us because we’re so “easy” relative to her other clients 🙂

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  8. Ellespeth says:

    😛 I guess we’ll save the drinking for afterwards.
    Ellespeth

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