Yesterday afternoon, while the little kids were napping, I crawled into my bed and did our taxes. Strange place, you say, for doing taxes? Well, my bed is my favourite place and doing taxes is my favourite annual activity, there’s room to spread out all the papers, you throw in a Toblerone bar, and life is good right there. (I actually took a picture of me on the bed hugging my 2008 tax package, but the desktop computer has some nasty virus, so the picture will have to wait.)
I know that organizations have until the last day of February to get their receipts, etc. mailed out, but I figured we had almost all of them. So I decided to have a go yesterday. Get the medical receipts totaled. See what things were looking like this year.
I never thought that making 20% less in combined income could be such a good thing! All of a sudden there are all of these surplus tax credits and I actually have the challenge of figuring out how to make them work most advantageously. It’s pretty exciting for me.
Then this morning we got another form in the mail — for the Universal Childcare benefit, and I get to redo our taxes! (At first I thought that was a good thing, because I saw a box on the deductions side about the UCC, but now I realize that it goes to income and stays in income. Fine. But they better not take that into account when they’re calculating the other family allowance things…)
Regardless, I think I’ll wait until the first week of March has gone by to do the do-over, then we’ll know for sure we’ve got everything we need. It’ll give me a few days to figure things out before I have another go at the forms. And I can always go back and look at the penciled in forms and just enjoy them like that.
Okay, now I’m actually really frustrated about the UCC thing. I must go back and find my income tax happy place.