Doing Taxes is like Serving on Jury Duty
… or a root canal
… or a bout of food poisoning
… or a pimple in your nose
… or a hang-nail
… or an earache
… or a busted timing-belt
… or a (fill in the blank)
Ultimately, nobody likes to do it, yet it has to be done.
However, when it comes to jury duty – you can always try to make excuses to get out of serving. Can’t do that with taxes. Can you imagine your blank tax form with an attached letter “Please excuse Rodney Lee from submitting his taxes as he is needed to complete an important project at work“.
On the other hand, unlike taxes where you can take it to an accountant to have them done for you, that can’t be pulled with jury duty. “Your honor, my name is Joe Blow from ‘JurorsRUs‘ and I was hired to serve as a juror for my client, Rodney Lee.”
Can you imagine…
But really, isn’t it all about attitude? I mean, think about it. It could be a fun thing, if you allow it to be. I always hated jury duty because that was the normal reaction to serving. That is until at an old job of mine, my boss got called to serve for jury duty and she wanted to get selected because she thought it would be so cool to see the trial and how everything unfolds. But being as truthful as she was, she was dismissed from the jury selection because she honestly had some preconceived thoughts about the case. And she was kinda bummed out.
That changed my thinking and I could almost not wait to get a summons to serve for jury duty. And both times I was selected to serve! I wouldn’t say that I was elated, but I was a bit excited to see the court in action. And see one of the cases all the way though.
Now, if I can only get excited about doing my taxes. Turbo Tax does make it easy, and a little bit fun. And getting a return is always a happy ending. But if you have to pay… Then it’s no fun. But then again, that’s part of the beauty of doing taxes – you won’t know if you’re going to have a happy ending or a sad one until you’ve plugged in all the numbers.
So… since it has to be done – why not take the “glass is half-full” attitude and make the best of it. I’m going to do so starting right now! And since I’ve finished doing my taxes – and my 2 daughters’ taxes – I can’t wait until this year is over so I can start gathering all the W2′s and 1099′s and spending money to buy an updated version of Turbo Tax and spend countless hours plugging in numbers, and searching to make sure I entered all the forms, and hoping that I’m doing it right so the IRS doesn’t send me that dreaded letter, and getting more gray hairs. Can you sense my elation?
Okay, I’m still working on the attitude thing…
Doing Taxes is like Serving on Jury Duty:
… or fighting the flu
… or having the runs
… or losing your phone
… or waking up with a stye
… or (you fill in the blanks)
Okay MLCers – here’s your chance to dance to some old-school LIVE music. The Magic Mushroom Reunion IV dance party at the Manoa Grand Ballroom on May 17th. That’s the weekend BEFORE the big graduation weekend so no try use that excuse. Line up is: White Light with the full horn section and lead singer Joy (she is such a babe!), New Experience 2 (you may know them as the band that turned into The Krush), and Audissey and friends (including Rob Yamamoto from Natural High). Tickets are just $30 with heavy pupus (also known as dinner for us MLCers). Get your tickets soon!