Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tax Day

I'd dreaded today for weeks. Tax prep took longer than normal and I was a few weeks later getting the information to my accountant. Last year we had to pay a chunk to Uncle Sam. 

We had a number of unexpected expenses so far this year and I feared the taxman would heap it on. (If you want to read a fun take on the taxman, visit my blog buddy Fran's blog here.)

Our accountant called a number of times to clarify information and to make sure he had the numbers right. He sounded pensive.  I should have realized it was April 14, and very few accountants are light-hearted on April 14, but I took his tone as a sign that I'd have to knock off a liquor store today in order to pay my IRS tab.

His secretary called early this morning, and my stomach clenched as if it were preparing for a gut punch.  "You can pick up your returns around 10," she said cheerfully. Guardedly, I asked, "What's the damage?"  I breathed a sigh of relief when she told me we'd be getting a refund this year.

It felt as if a weight had been lifted. A while later Jilda and I took a long walk. The first lap when we walked up the road, I saw the street view of our front yard. A gasp escaped through Jildas lips when we walked by the azaleas. They barely bloomed last year, but this year, they are showing out. I quickly snapped a picture.

The rest of the day was remarkable. I hope the tax man was kind to you this year.


  1. Congratulations on the sweet surprise, Rick!
    I worked for a private CPA firm for (too) many years, and still recall being so burnt out by April 15 it wasn't even funny.

  2. Glad things went well and you got a refund this year. I did not know it would improve azalea blossoms but it always brightens my day.

  3. It just shows, we needed get worried unnecessarily. And to look at the beautiful Azalea's is a reminded of the more important things in life, love and peace. Blessings sent your way.

  4. Anonymous1:05 AM

    Thank you for the mention, you blogmeister, you!!

  5. The knots in the stomach can untie themselves now.

  6. Thanks for sending me to Fishducky for a bellyful of laugh. I had my quota for the day.
    So nice to get a refund instead of working for nothing. Enjoy...

  7. For me that would be calling it close to file on April 14th, but I do know many that don't like to file any sooner than they have too. Nice to know your accountant was on top of things. Today, the 16th, is Stress Awareness Day. Appropriate for the day after Tax Day.

  8. Time will tell but usually i am aok-worried about my hubby-ughhh

  9. No taxman kindness here, but that gorgeous picture you have brought a smile to me.

  10. Tim has someone to do his tax for him, many years ago he did it himself but when he had a couple of jobs with more than one group certificates he decided to get a tax agent to do it and have continued to do so. Our tax season is after 30th June so tax returns are done usually in July or August

  11. I managed to get our stuff in early but haven't heard anything yet. The usual time for us to get a notice is in the fall...for some reason he likes to file an extension on ours. Last year we got a nice return..I'm sure hoping for the same this year! Glad it turned out good for you guys! Love the azaleas and hope we have a nice bloom on our red one. That won't be until May probably. Enjoy the weekend ahead!


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