I'm suppose to be packing. Do you know how much I hate packing? So much that I did my taxes instead! It's true. And it took me three tries.
The first time around I owed about 600$. I was doing the 1040, and I wanted to do the one where I could deduct Josh's college expenses. Oh, and I forgot to print out my interest paid on my student loan forms too. Luckly I remembered to get them off the internet. So I did them again, with my loan interest paid and I ended up owing about $400. Then I did some major internet research to find a deduction form to allow me to deduct Josh's school expenses. I finally found it and it required the 1040A. So I printed out the worksheet for his deduction and realized it only counted payments on books. Well well well. I went to my credit card website and printed off the statements for the months that Josh spent money at the bookstore. I highlighted those and added them up and then filled out the correct form. I received two different credits/deductions/something I don't really understand from that. Then I did the Make Work Pay credit which is new. I got a huge credit from that...(I did it wrong first, and almost credited ALL our income for the year...that wasn't right at all). Now the government owes us a little less than $200. Josh spend nearly $1000 on books in 2010, and I didn't count the ones he bought for this last semester and I didn't count the ones he got from amazon b/c I didn't feel like going through my email to find all the amazon reciepts. But maybe I should do that. Money is money.
I don't know. It's sweaty and hot here and I still have to pack and fold a ton of clothes. All of which are worse than taxes. I think it's the heat.
I'm so glad I'm so smart. Otherwise I'd be writing a $600 check write now. Smart as in good at following directions!