What fresh hell is this?

Tax day is maybe the single most stressful day of the year for those with ADD. First, you get the “Why did you wait until the last minute?” questions from well-meaning friends (because I didn’t find the paperwork until yesterday, okay?).

I tried to file online. We couldn’t agree, so I printed out the forms and filled them in.

Then I tried to mail my taxes, I really did. But I didn’t realize that the downtown post office wasn’t staying open until midnight the way it always did, nor did they have the friendly people on the sidewalk who always took your envelope when you drove past.

No, this time, there was some huge clusterfuck out on Chestnut Street. There were traffic cones dividing the four lanes, and you were permitted to doublepark in two of them while you ran into the building to mail your taxes.

The thing is, through the glass windows, you could see hundreds and hundreds of tense-looking people standing in a line that wound all through the building. Why were they in line, you ask? I don’t know, but I suspect they had no other option, because there’s no way in hell I’d be standing in a long line like that if I didn’t have to.

So I made an executive decision. I drove home to my little local post office (which, by the way, doesn’t empty the collection box until noon) and deposited my taxes. Then I drove to the Wawa, bought a cream doughnut and inhaled it, because my overloaded brain was screaming, “Carbs! Fat! Sugar!”

I don’t know how much they’ll charge me in interest just because I’m one day late, but I don’t care anymore.

12 thoughts on “What fresh hell is this?

  1. Susie, I’m sitting here just completing the addresses on the envelopes.

    My closest post office stayed open until 7PM (as it always does), but the main PO in my township has the lobby open 24/7/365, and tonight someone will be there until midnight to postmark the envelopes.

    I can’t tell you how relaxing it was to learn there was hope beyond 7PM, especially as I put in a new ink cartridge and then my printer kept telling it could not recognize the cartridge. The printer mfer’s rep was really nice, but it took almost two hours to work this out. I had to go to the store and exchange the ink cartridge, which ate up time, but the mfr is sending me a new cartridge as well. They said there shouldn’t have been this type of problem. Nice that they did that.

    Did I mention I really like both my local post offices? Really, almost everyone who works there is among the nicer of people.

    I’m too embarrassed to tell why I am late to doing my filings…. Disorganization, of course, ranks really, really high….

  2. dude.
    pathways pa does your taxes for FREE if you are under $50,000.
    file that away for next year. PATHWAYS PA DOES YOUR TAXES FOR FREE, all you have to do is make appointment and bring the proper documents.

  3. I’m mailing my extension form this morning. No way I was trying to go out last night. Besides it meant a trip to Manhattan. I learned some time ago that I didn’t care what the IRS thought about the late filing. I was just too depressed to find the paperwork before this.

  4. Yes, but the rate for the second ounce and each additional ounce went up to 20¢ from 17¢.

  5. Uh…stamps went up??? Yup, but not first oz. for first class. Right?

    Postcards – $0.29
    Size limits:

    Minimum: 3-1/2 inches high by 5 inches long by 0.007 inch thick
    Maximum: 6 inches long by 4-1/4 inches high
    Additional postage required for larger postcards
    Weight Not Over Price
    1 ounce $0.44
    2 ounces $0.64
    3 ounces $0.84
    3.5 ounces $1.04
    Printer Friendly
    Size limits:
    – Rectangular; length is the dimension parallel to the address.
    – At least 3-1/2 inches high by 5 inches long by 0.007 inch thick
    – No more than 6-1/8 inches high by 11-1/2 inches long by 1/4 inch thick
    – Up to 3.5 ounces
    – Surcharge will apply for nonmachinable letter

    Large Envelopes
    Weight Not Over Price
    1 ounce $0.88
    2 ounces $1.08
    3 ounces $1.28
    4 ounces $1.48
    5 ounces $1.68
    6 ounces $1.88
    7 ounces $2.08
    8 ounces $2.28
    9 ounces $2.48
    10 ounces $2.68
    11 ounces $2.88
    12 ounces $3.08
    13 ounces $3.28
    Printer Friendly
    Size limits:
    – Rectangular
    – No more than 12 inches high by 15 inches long by 3/4 inches thick
    – Must not be rigid and must be uniformly thick (see package prices)

  6. BTW, I was my local IRS office yesterday and was told if I got things done before they closed, I wouldn’t have to pay postage.

    Just drive the 8-9 miles to get there…which would cost more than the postage, fer sure.

    However, I had no idea someone could drop their filings off at an IRS office!

    Interestingly, under Gov. Chris “We dare not raise taxes on the rich!” Christie, NJ no longer supplied IRS office with any forms or instruction booklets Nor did they supply them to libraries, which had been my site for picking things up if necessary.

    Zero, nada, zilch. The IRS had a note ON THE DOOR informing people NJ forms had never been available this year; to get them, they would have to request from Trenton or drive to Somerville and another southish Jersey town. The libraries could not print out the instruction booklets, but would print out forms — on their dime. No help from Chris Christie. The librarians individually informed people why there was nothing on hand from the state.

    I didn’t realize they had upgraded the forms to make typing in entries on their PDF’s workable, but…to enter, say one’s SocSec number, it required placing curose on first space, entering one digit, moving cursor to next space, hitting second digit. Etc. That way throughout the entire form. Fortunately I had income in the 5 figures, not 6 or7 or…more. However, it was a pain to pull each section from the instructions PDF. It became apparent, however, that my retained copy from 208 worked for the instructions. I’m pretty sure….

  7. I hate it when I’m sure I made no typos, no transposed letters, and figure I don’t need to proofread….

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