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Things were done.

I finished working up the tax paperwork for us and for my dad's trust so it can go to the accountant next week.

I took Katie to the small group pitching clinic today where she acquitted herself reasonably well, given that this was the first clinic she'd been to since the big clinic last spring. At the end of the session, she almost hit the target ball (about a foot in diameter) with a pitch from distance on one try on the fly. Only one of the girls did hit it, and she did it on the bounce. Now, I just need to remind Katie to practice. (Practice, practice, practice.)

Gretchen and I managed to get four loads of laundry done today, which has greatly reduced the backlog.

And I grilled meat for dinner, which everyone enjoyed. Even Ruby, who got the scraps.

While I was going in and out the door to turn the meat, Ruby kept running out with me and dropping her squid for me to throw. Normally, she plays keep-away, but she seems to have figured out that dropping the squid where I can pick it up will actually result in the squid being thrown.

(For those of you at the Capricon SpaceTime Theater show, yes, I have a dog who fetches Andorran Ticklers. Life is like that.)

And tomorrow, it is back to work.

And Spring Break for the girls. We'll see how this goes...

Fin

Mar. 19th, 2017 05:52 pm
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That's it. The taxes are now assembled and ready to go to the accountant. We'll be doing that on Tuesday, since we're heading in that direction to take Katie to the optometrist.

Whee!

I think I'll go fire up the grill now. :)
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I have now pulled together all of the paperwork (with Gretchen's help) and filled out the tax organizer so the taxes can go to my accountant. Well, for Gretchen and me anyway.

My dad's trust is still to be sorted out, but it tends to be the easier to do, as there's less that happens there.
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Gretchen and I have mailed the Dodeka tax returns.

Now, we can start work on our personal taxes. :)
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I went to print out the Dodeka tax forms where I had carefully filled in the PDF forms the other day.

And when I opened them, every single Federal of them was blank, completely devoid of the values that I had filled in and saved. I do not know exactly how this happened, but I am not at all happy about it.

So I filled them in again.

Interestingly, the Illinois tax forms had kept their values. I have no idea why.

And I caught a six dollar error in calculation when I was filling in the forms again. So I had to tweak the values on the Illinois form anyway.

Blort.
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I am greatly puzzled by how I have managed this, but it appears that I have finished the Dodeka taxes. The forms are all filled out and just need to be printed and mailed. I do not actually recall the last time that I didn't have to file an extension for these.

I suppose this means I need to sort out our personal taxes next. :)

Not Death

Mar. 4th, 2017 11:50 pm
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Taxes are the other half of the equation and I am working on the Dodeka books to try to get everything closed out so that I can get the rest of the paperwork together for my taxes and get it to the accountant so he can sort all things out. I have managed to get all of the credit cards and checks entered into the register, so I now have a fair idea of what we spent. I have pulled all of the sales from Square and entered them into the spreadsheet, so I now have a fair idea of what we sold.

Somewhere around here is the closing inventory, which still needs to be entered into the spreadsheet.

Then it will be time for the dumpster dive through the e-mail as I try to find everything that still needs to be accounted for.

But I am close to the end of the process. I'm not exactly sure when I'll get all of the way to the end, but it could be tomorrow.

I'm not betting on it though.
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Without further comment, I pass along a link to the excellent economics writer, Megan McArdle, who is discussing why Net Operating Loss Carryforwards and Carrybacks are a good feature of the tax code. (Ok, one comment. Hint: income averaging.)

And for those who don't care about economics and fairness (or those who do and aren't bored yet), a second link where she discusses strategies for dining out with a partner. Because even if we can't stomach the current election, we probably still have stomachs...
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Did I mention that UPS finally delivered my Next Day Air tax package on Friday, only three days late? ;)
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The package with my tax forms remains lost somewhere in UPS land. When I called after 5 PM today, having not received any further information since this morning, I was told that the package was probably not going to be easily found and that I should get my accountant to resend them.

I've now gotten the return as a PDF and have faxed in the necessary forms so that my accountant can e-file the returns.

I've also put all of the assorted Dodeka and other trust paperwork into envelopes so it can go into the mail at the Post Office tomorrow.

And then this mess will be done...
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UPS appears to have lost my tax return as it was proceeding here from the accountant's office. It was supposed to be here yesterday morning and showed as "out for delivery". Now, it is scheduled for delivery by 10:30 AM today, but is not on any truck, so only a time machine is going to make that happen.

Yes, I am speaking to them about this. The fact that the first person I spoke to after 8 PM last night made me call back after 9 PM because the package "might still be delivered" only makes me more annoyed with them.

And I have sent an e-mail to my accountant to see if there was anything in the package that I need to take care of on a timely basis, since UPS is trying to make sure that I can't.

Taxes Done

Apr. 1st, 2016 02:18 pm
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The taxes are now at the accountant, so I just have to mail the Dodeka returns and I'm off the hook for all that for this year.

Sadly, the ISFiC Press accounting still needs to be done and I still don't have all the data to do that, but I'm going to try to ignore that for a day or two. :)
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I have one item left to put into my tax organizer so that it's ready to go to the accountant. That number is on last year's return. Which is somewhere.

I'm fairly sure that Gretchen knows where "somewhere" is, but she's off to a movie with Julie.

Dad's taxes are ready to go to the accountant.

The Dodeka taxes are ready to go into an envelope and mail.

So when that one item hits the form and Gretchen signs everything, I'll be ready to take the paperwork to the accountant tomorrow.

*whee*
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I need two items of information to complete the packet for Gretchen and my tax return to go to the accountant.

I have finished the State and Federal Dodeka returns.

I haven't done diddly on my Dad's tax packet yet, but his is actually really simple.

However, I think this isn't going to get finished until tomorrow.
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I think I have all of the data I need to finish the taxes tonight.

Let's see if I'm right. :)
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I am asymptotically close to finishing the Dodeka taxes for the year. Then I need to assemble the materials for my Dad's trust and for our tax return so that I can get everything to the accountant.

It's amazing how much data you can pull off the Square account. :)
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One of the distressing things about doing the taxes for Dodeka is seeing:

  • How many different titles we carry.
  • And how many of them appear to have sold one or fewer copies in 2015.

    Some of these are the result of having bought out Juanita's inventory when she retired and having acquired various CDs that had been sitting in her inventory for too long. A few of them are the result of my own ordering errors.

    The problem is that the boxes are large and heavy and the table is very full. But if you don't take the CDs out to the cons with you, you can't sell them...

    Filk is an extremely regional business. And given that we're in the eighth-or-so year of a sucky economy, I certainly understand people's reluctance to take a flyer on something that they aren't familiar with.

    Ah, well. Moving along now.
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    Sometimes when your computer crashes just before you can save a response to some damn fool who is spouting off about things that he knows far less about than he thinks he does, it may just be a message from the Universe that you should stop wasting time and go get started working on your taxes instead.

    I note that my computer has just been rebooted for cause and that my taxes are not yet complete...
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    I have dug through the credit card statements and found everything that I need to be reimbursed for by Dodeka so that we can write me a check so that I can pay the property taxes on March 1st. I've also dug up various bits of money from other reimbursements and such to help pay for the Cubs season tickets that are on the credit card.

    Whee!

    And getting all of the receipts in order is an important part of getting ready to file our tax return, which should generate a refund, which should help get the finances back onto an even keel.

    Which I'll do just as soon as I get done laying out the jacket for the third Velveteen volume. It must be time to write the blurb for the front flap... :)
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    There are so many things to work on, but I have the new APBA baseball cards for next season and the draft is coming up. So I spent some time going over them this afternoon and am now much better prepared for our (probable) early April draft.

    Death was avoided, but three loads of laundry were washed, which means that we will actually continue to have clean underwear. :)

    And I have started work on the taxes, going over the Discover statement and pulling out all of the Dodeka expenses from it. Sadly, the Sam's Club statements can't be retrieved in electronic form, so I'll have to pull them out of the bill drawer and go over them by hand. With any luck, I will shortly find enough money to pay all of the bills that are due on March 1st, including the property taxes and the Cubs tickets. :)

    In other news, I had a chance to chat with Gundo about plans for Windycon and I think we've firmed up a plan for Friday night, subject to a couple of things that aren't quite settled yet, so that's good.

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