I have always done my own income tax, even in the days before there were tax programs that did all the mathematics.
A confession here, I am no good at arithmetic. My adding skills are lousy--even using a calculator. Despite all that I still did my own income tax. I was good at reading and understanding the instructions and often sent for the extra booklets and studied them. When something had to be added up I handed it to my husband, he has all the mathematical skills in our relationship.
I've never been audited, though I have received letters questioning me about things which I easily answered and cleared up without a problem.
Years ago when I was in the residential care business, when there was a question about a certain section in the tax law about people who took care of others and were paid, I was the lucky one chosen to go to the main Income Tax office and explain their own law to them. This resulted in my taxes being scrutinized and several phone calls from that office asking me questions about how I did this or that. A bit nerve-wracking, but they came over to our side.
Now for the first time I'm stymied and am going to have to see a professional tax person.
It has to do with a mutual fund we cashed in which lost more money for us than it earned. I have all the paperwork--though it took me forever to figure out exactly what it was--and now I don't have a clue how to put the information into the tax program I have. I've tried, believe me I've tried, but I'm not doing something right.
I'm losing sleep over it, so I give up. Why on earth do "they" have to make everything so difficult?
So that's my rant for this week. Hopefully, when next Tuesday rolls around I'll have the problem solved.
Now back to your regular scheduled and much lighter programming.