Taxes, Schmaxes

Taxes, Schmaxes


I walked into his office the same way a convict may approach a courtroom. I was nervous, anxious, and petrified at what my outcome would be. Yes, I knew I was doing some things right, but I also realized there was a ton I didn’t know…and Uncle Sam would track my patootie like a bloodhound.

Certified accountant extraordinaire, Harold Nelson, CPA, and I met last night to finalize the details of my tax filing. And, boy, was it a doozie! I brought JD along for moral support because just hearing what I owed in taxes might have causes an uninvited aneurism, but everything worked out nicely. When I first met with Harold, he walked me through every step I needed to complete in order to get my business on track with the State…he was AWESOME! For so long I looked for answers, but he gave clear and concise directions as to what I needed to do as well as proffer not-so-great news with a smile. Priceless.

In the end, JD and I hoped we’d get a nice little return to reinvest in our slowing economy (nothing says America like a new purse and shoes!), but it’ll have to wait for another day. I tried convincing JD that, really, I’m so patriotic that I need a new Louis Vuitton purse, but he wasn’t having it…not even when I sang the National Anthem.


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  1. wac -

    my birthday is on tax day…shouldn’t i get some sort of break?

      3.25.08 - 11:28 pm

  2. gabriel.ryan. -

    the not-so-fun part of business. isn’t it awesome having such good people help translate for uncle sam…

    and sorry, but i’m with jd on this one. [although carlie can sometimes convince me of those ‘necessities’ of life]

      3.25.08 - 11:32 pm

  3. Shawn Kloster -

    I hear ya Jasmine. Uncle Sam is sending me home with 3 shoes on this year. Two on my feet and one in my… well… you know. 😉

    Oh… patriotism and Louis Vuitton? Hahaha… you funny!

      3.25.08 - 11:35 pm

  4. angel swanson -

    thank goodness for CPAs, right?? erik and I are opening deductible IRAs just in time for april 15th and a tax break. yay!

      3.26.08 - 12:20 am

  5. Sarah Shalley -

    I can totally see you singing the National Anthem on the way home. You’re adorable. Glad things worked out okay.

      3.26.08 - 12:32 am

  6. sarah k chen -

    my husband totally doesn’t give into my "it’s not how much you spend, but how much you save" motto.

    too bad, because in my head it totally makes sense!

      3.26.08 - 12:41 am

  7. dustin steller -

    A good CPA is a God-send. Literally. I owe the grand ol’ US of A a tremendous amount of dough this year, but God blessed my business this past year, so I don’t mind paying….kinda….well, not too bad, anyway.

    As per shoes and purses (and travel and spa treatments and shopping days and nights out), I let my wife do whatever she wants (mostly)…She deserves it! Although, I still drive an old beater car to show for it.

    JD is a stronger man than I. Handsomerer, too. Wish I had his cool hair. 😉

      3.26.08 - 1:14 am

  8. Angie -

    I feel ya Jasmine, I used to get a really "nice" return . . .but that isn’t the case now. That’s what happens when you go out and marry a photographer! lol! BTW, it was great meeting you Vegas, this is my first post, so I guess I’m not a blog stalker anymore 😉

      3.26.08 - 2:13 am

  9. Gena McMillan -

    I think everyone dreads April 15th.

      3.26.08 - 2:19 am

  10. WeezerMonkey -

    Get a Marc Jacobs, silly. That’s more patriotic! Louis Vuitton is FRENCH. 😉

      3.26.08 - 2:27 am

  11. ohana photography ~ david & kimi b -

    ugh i cringed at this post. blah.

    maybe you can talk jd into just a lil louis 🙂

      3.26.08 - 3:08 am

  12. Lyndee -

    We are fine with taxes this year but I am afraid for next year! I guess that’s what happens when you want to start a business huh? 🙂

      3.26.08 - 4:20 am

  13. jeanette sanschez -

    This tax season was good to me…can’t wait for my return to come!

      3.26.08 - 7:35 am

  14. Simply Modern Weddings -

    oy…I have to do mine this weekend! (not looking forward to it)

      3.26.08 - 8:53 am

  15. kerri mcconnell -

    LOL… i usually have a hard time convincing my husband of the same thing. usually i’ll bat my eyelashes (literally) and give him my boo hoo lip… i’d say 75% of the time this approach works for me…. 🙂

      3.26.08 - 11:07 am

  16. Donna -

    I’m so proud of how brave you are. I’m working on mine as we speak and either I’m coming down with the flu or I have irs-itis!

      3.26.08 - 12:21 pm

  17. Kenzie Shores -

    I’m still not looking forward to do this, even though I only have a few weeks left….eeeeeekkkk!!!

      3.26.08 - 1:10 pm

  18. melissa pepin -

    Congrats on not having an aneurism….I was sure that I would go into convulsions if my accountant told me I owed uncle Sam..but luckily my accountant rocks out too so no seizures on my end either! yippie! I did however have to sing the national anthem at a boxing match on ESPN one time in college…and I was practicing in the shower…when I opened the bathroom door to leave…my roommate was at the door saluting me..she’d been there the whole time! so I think that if you went through all the trouble to show your patriotism…JD should really thank you by getting you that purse! 🙂 good luck rock!

      3.26.08 - 1:22 pm

  19. jenna walker -

    you are hysterical…i just read the last part of your post to matt and we both got the biggest kick out of it. happy day to you guys!

      3.26.08 - 1:37 pm

  20. tish -

    I’m still catching up on the archives of your old blog…woohoo..made it to October! I’ve decided when I grow up I want to be JD…well, not a guy…but like JD is…thoughtful, selfless, kind. My guess is that you get that LV purse you’re wanting!

      3.26.08 - 3:52 pm

  21. Charmarie -

    Of course a new purse and shoes screams America! Boys will never learn, I’m sure my guy wouldn’t go for it either 😉

      3.26.08 - 5:46 pm

  22. frannie -

    Ayayayayay yes taxes chmaxes!! Thank goodness this time I got a good come back…but…usually i leave my taxes up to my dad. LOL

      3.26.08 - 7:08 pm

  23. RodneyA -

    The good thing to filing your taxes is a $1200 stimulus check coming your way given that you and JD didn’t make more than $150K in 2007. It’ll then be your civic duty to spend that $1200 🙂

      3.26.08 - 9:34 pm

  24. adriana -

    Patriotic would be buying an American made product :). The dollar is weak against the Euro, so you are going to pay a lot more for that LV purse. You have a whole live ahead of you to carry one of those… why not get something a little more unique?

    I really like Foley + Corinna handbags, and they are made in NYC! Check them out if you haven’t.

      3.27.08 - 2:55 am

  25. ScotWharton -

    You’re so funny!

      3.28.08 - 5:40 pm

  26. New York City Wedding Photographer -

    You know all the words to the national anthem…I’m impressed. But can you hit the high note???? JK.

      4.8.08 - 3:45 pm

  27. New York City Wedding Photographer -

    Tax time….JOY 😛

    parris whittingham

    New York City Wedding Photography

      4.16.08 - 9:18 am

  28. Kay English -

    omg yikes I’m nervous about this too next year

      8.6.09 - 4:06 pm

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