I taught for the first half of the year (and received a W-2 from my former employer), and then I started full (ish) time at Voice of Witness in September (I also received a W-2 for that). But for five months (the last couple months I taught and then through the summer), I worked part-time/contract for Voice of Witness. Which means no taxes were taken out and I received a 1099. I was terrified that I was going to owe the IRS a shitload of money!
That was my scene yesterday. I broke into the wine halfway through because the process damn near sent me into a full-fledged anxiety attack. I had no idea how involved taxes were when you have 1099 and deductions to file. It took me hours to get through this tedious process . . . hours of scouring my bank records for our monthly PG&E bills, looking for how much interest I paid on my car loan, trying to remember how much my laptop cost when I bought it. Crazy, right? I am amazed that people do this for a living. I wouldn't last a day.
Neil Young was no help. Rather, he spent the afternoon cradling a wine cork snuggled up next to his preferred parent. ;)
In the end, though, it was more than worth it. I didn't owe the IRS anything; in fact, I will get a teeny little refund! Nothing compared to what I've gotten in years past, but frankly, I was just incredibly relieved that I didn't owe.
This process exhausted me so much that I didn't have the energy for anything more than lying on the couch watching the trashiest tv around. Ah, sweet relief. And next year, I will only have W-2s, so the process won't be anywhere near as grueling.
Happy weekend! I hope you all have fun plans. It's gorgeous in San Francisco today, and therefore I regret to say that I will be spending the afternoon indoors facilitating a training. But here's to hiking weather!