While the weather stinks and keeps me from doing a project I have lined up, it's time to start the tax preparation. For us, this involves an entire day or two spent going through the filing cabinet and extracting everything for 2009, getting it all lined up and organized to go when we see our accountant.
As to why we have an accountant, I suppose I could do it on my own. I suppose I'd have a hope (just barely) of getting it right, too. But in truth I want someone else to do it. The ability to give her the data and have the results without the effort and worry about getting things in the proper place is worth the cost.
Those who know me well know I don't mind paying my fair share of the tax burden in the US, as I think we get value for our money. I do, however, object to the outrageously complex way those taxes are collected and documented. I have no problem with a progressive tax system - I even think it's fair - but surely there's a way for it to be simpler, so that someone like me (a college educated software engineer) could be confident that he's filled out the forms properly?
So I have an accountant. My life isn't really that complicated, but I guess the government wants it to be, or thinks it is, or something.
Anyway, I need to start working on the filing. See you again in a day or two.