It's that time of year!
In our hands, we gather all the important documents needed to file the necessary paperwork in our efforts to "square-up" with the government. Or in some cases, have the government "square-up" with us. We may even wait eagerly by the mailbox for our w-2's, so 2008 can quickly be filed away and shoved under the rug.
The info is calculated, the numbers added and subtracted, and in the end there is a final digit. The only question is, will it be red or black? This is the part where we all hold our breath as the final calculations are completed. We hit the enter button with our eyes tightly shut, because for one more second we are ignorant.
Do I owe or am I gettin' back some green?
As we slowly peek through our eyelids, the gasp for air is the same regardless of the outcome. There it is. The number that will be changing the next few months of our lives. We'll either be saving to pay the debt owed, or we'll be making out list of bills that have been put on the back-burner. Hopefully when all is said and done, there will be enough left over for a few splurges.
Either way, it must be done.
And so, another season begins. Tax Season.