03.25.08 Personal

Taxes, Schmaxes

walked into his office the same way a convict may approach a courtroom. I was nervous, anxious, and petrified at what my outcome would be. Yes, I knew I was doing some things right, but I also realized there was a ton I didn’t know…and Uncle Sam would track my patootie like a bloodhound.

Certified accountant extraordinaire, Harold Nelson, CPA, and I met last night to finalize the details of my tax filing. And, boy, was it a doozie! I brought JD along for moral support because just hearing what I owed in taxes might have causes an uninvited aneurism, but everything worked out nicely. When I first met with Harold, he walked me through every step I needed to complete in order to get my business on track with the State…he was AWESOME! For so long I looked for answers, but he gave clear and concise directions as to what I needed to do as well as proffer not-so-great news with a smile. Priceless.

In the end, JD and I hoped we’d get a nice little return to reinvest in our slowing economy (nothing says America like a new purse and shoes!), but it’ll have to wait for another day. I tried convincing JD that, really, I’m so patriotic that I need a new Louis Vuitton purse, but he wasn’t having it…not even when I sang the National Anthem.

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Kay English - omg yikes I'm nervous about this too next year  08.06.09 - 9:06am
New York City Wedding Photographer - Tax time....JOY :P peace, parris whittingham New York City Wedding Photography  04.16.08 - 2:18am
New York City Wedding Photographer - You know all the words to the national anthem...I'm impressed. But can you hit the high note???? JK.   04.08.08 - 8:45am
ScotWharton - You're so funny!  03.28.08 - 10:40am
adriana - Patriotic would be buying an American made product :). The dollar is weak against the Euro, so you are going to pay a lot more for that LV purse. You have a whole live ahead of you to carry one of those... why not get something a little more unique? I really like Foley + Corinna handbags, and they are made in NYC! Check them out if you haven't.   03.26.08 - 7:55pm
RodneyA - The good thing to filing your taxes is a $1200 stimulus check coming your way given that you and JD didn't make more than $150K in 2007. It'll then be your civic duty to spend that $1200 :)  03.26.08 - 2:34pm
frannie - Ayayayayay yes taxes chmaxes!! Thank goodness this time I got a good come back...but...usually i leave my taxes up to my dad. LOL   03.26.08 - 12:08pm
Charmarie - Of course a new purse and shoes screams America! Boys will never learn, I'm sure my guy wouldn't go for it either ;)  03.26.08 - 10:46am
tish - I'm still catching up on the archives of your old blog...woohoo..made it to October! I've decided when I grow up I want to be JD...well, not a guy...but like JD is...thoughtful, selfless, kind. My guess is that you get that LV purse you're wanting!  03.26.08 - 8:52am
jenna walker - you are hysterical...i just read the last part of your post to matt and we both got the biggest kick out of it. happy day to you guys!   03.26.08 - 6:37am
melissa pepin - Congrats on not having an aneurism....I was sure that I would go into convulsions if my accountant told me I owed uncle Sam..but luckily my accountant rocks out too so no seizures on my end either! yippie! I did however have to sing the national anthem at a boxing match on ESPN one time in college...and I was practicing in the shower...when I opened the bathroom door to roommate was at the door saluting me..she'd been there the whole time! so I think that if you went through all the trouble to show your patriotism...JD should really thank you by getting you that purse! :) good luck rock!  03.26.08 - 6:22am
Kenzie Shores - I'm still not looking forward to do this, even though I only have a few weeks left....eeeeeekkkk!!!  03.26.08 - 6:10am
Donna - I'm so proud of how brave you are. I'm working on mine as we speak and either I'm coming down with the flu or I have irs-itis!  03.26.08 - 5:21am
kerri mcconnell - LOL... i usually have a hard time convincing my husband of the same thing. usually i'll bat my eyelashes (literally) and give him my boo hoo lip... i'd say 75% of the time this approach works for me.... :)   03.26.08 - 4:07am
Simply Modern Weddings - oy...I have to do mine this weekend! (not looking forward to it)   03.26.08 - 1:53am
jeanette sanschez - This tax season was good to me...can't wait for my return to come!  03.26.08 - 12:35am
Lyndee - We are fine with taxes this year but I am afraid for next year! I guess that's what happens when you want to start a business huh? :)  03.25.08 - 9:20pm
ohana photography ~ david & kimi b - ugh i cringed at this post. blah. maybe you can talk jd into just a lil louis :)  03.25.08 - 8:08pm
WeezerMonkey - Get a Marc Jacobs, silly. That's more patriotic! Louis Vuitton is FRENCH. ;)  03.25.08 - 7:27pm
Gena McMillan - I think everyone dreads April 15th.  03.25.08 - 7:19pm
Angie - I feel ya Jasmine, I used to get a really "nice" return . . .but that isn't the case now. That's what happens when you go out and marry a photographer! lol! BTW, it was great meeting you Vegas, this is my first post, so I guess I'm not a blog stalker anymore ;)   03.25.08 - 7:13pm
dustin steller - A good CPA is a God-send. Literally. I owe the grand ol' US of A a tremendous amount of dough this year, but God blessed my business this past year, so I don't mind paying....kinda....well, not too bad, anyway. As per shoes and purses (and travel and spa treatments and shopping days and nights out), I let my wife do whatever she wants (mostly)...She deserves it! Although, I still drive an old beater car to show for it. JD is a stronger man than I. Handsomerer, too. Wish I had his cool hair. ;-)   03.25.08 - 6:14pm
sarah k chen - my husband totally doesn't give into my "it's not how much you spend, but how much you save" motto. too bad, because in my head it totally makes sense!   03.25.08 - 5:41pm
Sarah Shalley - I can totally see you singing the National Anthem on the way home. You're adorable. Glad things worked out okay.  03.25.08 - 5:32pm
angel swanson - thank goodness for CPAs, right?? erik and I are opening deductible IRAs just in time for april 15th and a tax break. yay!  03.25.08 - 5:20pm
Shawn Kloster - I hear ya Jasmine. Uncle Sam is sending me home with 3 shoes on this year. Two on my feet and one in my... well... you know. ;) Oh... patriotism and Louis Vuitton? Hahaha... you funny!  03.25.08 - 4:35pm
gabriel.ryan. - the not-so-fun part of business. isn't it awesome having such good people help translate for uncle sam... and sorry, but i'm with jd on this one. [although carlie can sometimes convince me of those 'necessities' of life]  03.25.08 - 4:32pm
wac - my birthday is on tax day...shouldn't i get some sort of break?  03.25.08 - 4:28pm