April 14th

Kage Baker never did her own taxes in her life. She had the smarts for it, but not the nerves – and it’s like any other mortal combat: confidence is half the battle. It was the one day in the year when she was the one who went tiptoeing around the fulminating maniac at the desk …

When she was a brand-new author with a brand-new contract, beginning to bring in 5-digit paychecks once or twice a year, she decided to be mature about it and hired a tax consultant. The tax consultant botched the first year, retired during the second year, and then vanished; Kage got audited and permanently traumatized. So she turned the whole mess over to the previous preparer – me.

Aside from those two years of confusion and despair (which took ages to fix; the IRS is not only doggedly determined but as stupid as a box of rocks), it’s just been a matter of making sure I had enough caffeine to hand and slogging through. And since I have a moral revulsion about sending money to the gummint any sooner than absolutely necessary, I always wait until the last minute.

My own taxes will be easy – I am poor and technically homeless. Kage’s post-demise taxes are a little more challenging, but easier than last year when Probate was still hanging fire. Nonetheless: they must all be done.

So I’m off to pay Caesar and placate the durned Revenooers. My sympathies to any of you, Dear Readers, who are also doing this. Just remind yourselves that we are Americans! We get the best government money can buy, and we get to bitch about it! No other country in the world gives you that much bang for your buck.

About Kate

I am Kage Baker's sister. Kage was/is a well-known science fiction writer, who died on January 31, 2010. She told me to keep her work going - I'm doing that. This blog will document the process.
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3 Responses to April 14th

  1. Margaret says:

    Good luck to you. I actually got mine done a week before due date this year, so I’m feeling somewhat like Wonder Woman – overcoming the annual forces of Confusion and Obfuscation! It’d be very pleasing if the IRS would somehow contrive to leave the forms the same from one year to the next, but no – what used to be (i.e.) line 10A is now line 11B or something like that. Is it a continuing ploy to make us have to read all the lines of their deathless prose every year, just to deduce what to fill in where? Inquiring minds want to know…


  2. Kate says:

    I think that every year they cut up the forms into separate slips of paper and throw them all into a pickle jar – then pull them out one by one to compile the new forms.


  3. Margaret says:

    Yes, I can definitely see that work session, accompanied by their maniacal chortles. Or else they let a deranged lemur do the picking and placing.


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