2017-Feb-02, Thursday

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For most of my life, I have paid no Federal taxes. At first it was because I didn't make enough and contributed to an IRA, then it was because [personal profile] schoolpsychnerd was in school the year we got married, then it was because we lived in Japan and came in under the income limits, then it was because [personal profile] schoolpsychnerd was in school again. But the last couple of years, now that we both work full-time in real grown-up jobs, we've made enough that the bill has finally come due.

Last year it caught me by surprise due to the aforementioned lack of owing and we had a multi-thousand-dollar tax bill, which we fortunately didn't owe any interest on since our income had jumped so much. This year I was much better about estimating how much we owed and our bill is comparatively low, but I was surprised at my reaction when doing my taxes. Every time I put in something that raised our taxes I twitched. I owe money based on the paltry interest from our savings account? They're charging us how much for our dividends? What do you mean I can't deduct our contributions to an IRA because we make too much money?  photo emot-argh.gif

Of course, taxes are the bill for civilization. [personal profile] schoolpsychnerd and are fortunate that we make enough that this is even a matter of consideration for us. But it's easy to see how without some thought, those moments of indignation could fester and turn into the lower-taxes-at-all-costs attitude that so many Americans seem to have. It's important for my own sake to remember that I'm not categorically different from a rich asshole--well, upper-middle-class asshole--and it could easily be me that falls into that destructive philosophy if I don't take some mental precautions.

I will indulging in some fist-shaking as that tax bill ticks up, though.  photo emot-doom.gif

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