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

    March 25th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

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

  2. gabriel.ryan.

    March 25th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    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. Shawn Kloster

    March 25th, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    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!

  4. angel swanson

    March 26th, 2008 at 12:20 am

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

  5. Sarah Shalley

    March 26th, 2008 at 12:32 am

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

  6. sarah k chen

    March 26th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    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!

  7. dustin steller

    March 26th, 2008 at 1:14 am

    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. 😉

  8. Angie

    March 26th, 2008 at 2:13 am

    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 😉

  9. Gena McMillan

    March 26th, 2008 at 2:19 am

    I think everyone dreads April 15th.

  10. WeezerMonkey

    March 26th, 2008 at 2:27 am

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

  11. ohana photography ~ david & kimi b

    March 26th, 2008 at 3:08 am

    ugh i cringed at this post. blah.

    maybe you can talk jd into just a lil louis 🙂

  12. Lyndee

    March 26th, 2008 at 4:20 am

    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? 🙂

  13. jeanette sanschez

    March 26th, 2008 at 7:35 am

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

  14. Simply Modern Weddings

    March 26th, 2008 at 8:53 am

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

  15. kerri mcconnell

    March 26th, 2008 at 11:07 am

    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…. 🙂

  16. Donna

    March 26th, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    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!

  17. Kenzie Shores

    March 26th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

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

  18. melissa pepin

    March 26th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    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!

  19. jenna walker

    March 26th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    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!

  20. tish

    March 26th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    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!

  21. Charmarie

    March 26th, 2008 at 5:46 pm

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

  22. frannie

    March 26th, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    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

  23. RodneyA

    March 26th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    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 🙂

  24. adriana

    March 27th, 2008 at 2:55 am

    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.

  25. ScotWharton

    March 28th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    You’re so funny!

  26. New York City Wedding Photographer

    April 8th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

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

  27. New York City Wedding Photographer

    April 16th, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Tax time….JOY 😛

    parris whittingham

    New York City Wedding Photography

  28. Kay English

    August 6th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    omg yikes I’m nervous about this too next year