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An Ode to the Tax Code

All of those forms, from the 1040EZ to the 1099-MISC

Send a chill down my spine that really feels quite brisk.

Trying to find which deductions I can obtain

Is well-night impossible, since the tax code is completely insane.

For instance, I've found the non-refundable child tax credit makes no sense

As there is ALSO an alternative child tax credit which is refundable, so that filing for these credits involves an affront to common sense.

These days J and I employ an accoutant to handle the red tape

Since the yearly chore was something we desperately wanted to escape

(Not to mention the fact that anyone could have done a better job than us, even a drunken ape).

(Okay, that might be an exaggeration

But one can forgive the poetic illustration.)

What's truly weird is that due to my line of work, people think I understand

A tax code that is weird and mostly unplanned.

I may research deductions and credits and benefits, oh my,

But the info goes in one ear and out the other, because I'm really not that guy.

So despite the fact that each year I write about taxes

I'm just waiting until after April 15 when I can finally relax

And bore people at parties with money stuff I actually know

Like how to budget and be frugal, and also how to run really slow.

And here we come to the end of my poem.

It's time to stop rhyming, because this verse truly stinks.

Published Feb 13 2013, 04:27 PM by Emily Guy Birken
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Comments

 

frugal_fun said:

LOL - I love it!!  I'm a tax pro and this is the season I make a living. :) I completely agree - the tax code absolutely is the product of several crazy committees over decades.

But weirdly, I understand the Child Tax Credit and the Alternate Child Tax Credit. You get the 2nd one if you don't end up using 100% of the first.*

*With many crazy provisos.

Anyway, feel free to email me if you want because I am That Gal. :)

February 14, 2013 6:49 PM

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