I did my taxes early this year. No procrastination. Got a decent sized refund too 'cause I discovered that the IRA conversion that I did last year came with the option of deferring the taxes from this year to the next two years. Sweet. But then last month I got another tax document in the mail. A Schedule K-1 from US Oil. That's a limited partnership that you invest in like a stock, except the partnership pays no tax. The tax liabilities pass through to the limited partners. That is to say to me. That's OK. I got no problem with that. The problem is, they don't have to send out the paperwork until sometime in March. No 31 January deadline like for all the other tax related crap. So here I am, thinking I've done the right thing by filing early, and the arcane tax code comes along and slips it to me big time for being too conscientious.
But at least it is now all done. The final accounting looks like this. In order to dot all my I's, cross all my T's, stay out of jail, and make the IRS happy by sending them their f'ing two dollars in blood money, I had to spend most of a Saturday wrestling with my printer and some headstrong tax software. I had to stop by Walmart today to spend $2.84 to pick up some 10x13 envelopes to mail this mound of paperwork to Kansas City, and tomorrow, I'll get to stop by the post office (yet another "we're from the government and we're here to help you" government agency) and spend another buck or so for postage to send this tidy little package on it's way. God only knows how many of my tax dollars will be wasted on the other end for some data entry clerk and an endless string of IRS bureaucrats to sort through the whole mess when it finally gets there. And all this for two dollars. Does anybody out there really think I had any other choice? As Yakov Smirnoff used to say, "what a country."