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Ok, funny story. Well, it wasn't funny at the time, but now I'm so relieved I can laugh about it.

I was doing my taxes for 2017 and discovered I owed $19,000. I was freaking the flip out about it, because I've been out of work for over a year and that would clear me out. I thought something was wrong and knew it had to do with my severance pay amount. I had been through this once before. My financial company screwed me a few years ago and I ended up owing $10,000. I naturally assumed something similar had happened.

Anyway, I was going over the numbers, double checked everything and I couldn't see anything wrong. I went over it a third time with another person and we noticed I missed the most important check box, the income tax deducted amount, which cleared the amount owing and left me with a refund.

I've never been more happy to make a stupid mistake.
 
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Glad to hear things worked out okay! Always a good idea to double and triple check... especially with a second set of eyes that can catch what you missed! Yay for refunds!! :D

I'm the same as Skybreeze, though. I pay an accountant to do my taxes, too; they know their job, and everything regarding filing taxes, etc... Way less stress! (lol) If you can afford it, it's a very convenient/ease-of-mind option. ^_^;
 

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My Poopsie does the taxes, she's the brains of the outfit. I hate filling out forms, I just go blind looking at them.

Sadly her pay raise put us in a higher tax bracket, meaning we pay even more. It sucks.
 

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My Poopsie does the taxes, she's the brains of the outfit. I hate filling out forms, I just go blind looking at them.

Sadly her pay raise put us in a higher tax bracket, meaning we pay even more. It sucks.
Tax season is when you realize that a pay raise can really suck. Lol I remember when my ex got a big raise and went up a lot into the next bracket and he was so sad when he saw his tax documents. Ha ha good times.... (it’s funny because we’re no longer together and I can now laugh about it rather than worry.)
 

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I'm way too cheap to pay someone to do something I can do myself. The hard part for me is just getting all my receipts together. Putting in the numbers is actually the easy part. I use the free software which is really good (as long as you don't miss any boxes ;))

Crossing income brackets sucks. Sometimes it's better to stay in the lower bracket. I've been in the big bracket for quite a few years and it's deflating to see a third of your income disappear into the abyss.
 
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I'd be making so many mistakes like that if I didn’t have the other half to do our taxes. Luckily, he’s a huge weirdo who loves numbers and paperwork! Good for you, adulting hard!
 
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