It’s the End of Financial Year, which means that it’s tax time!
Now, I’ve always liked filing my tax return, not because I’m an accountant, but mostly because it means that I get some money from the government and it’s nice to have some bonus money.
However, this is my first year filing a joint tax return with the ATO, so my experience has not been great. Normally, my taxes take maybe about 20 minutes to complete, give or take 10 minutes or so. This is because I have a very organised tax system and I file all my payment slips neatly in a little box, which I only open to do taxes. However, this year, I have had to sort through The Boobook’s tax receipts, and his filing system is like this:
For example, after I had submitted his tax return, he then gave me his health insurance information, so I had to amend his tax return. Then, when I had submitted the amendment, he came back two days later with a few deductibles. So, I had to file yet another amendment to the amendment in order to get his tax return.
Also, consider the following conversation that I had with the bank…
ABC: So, how do I look up my taxable interest?
Bank Lady: Just log in and it should have a page that shows this year’s interest earned.
ABC: Okay, but it doesn’t list how much tax was withheld on the interest.
Bank Lady: Oh, to do that, you just advise us of your tax file number. Which you can do by doing <complicated instructions>.
ABC: I just did that, and it says that I have already given you my tax file number.
Bank Lady: Oh, yes, if you gave us your tax file number, then we didn’t withhold any tax on your interest.
ABC: WHAT?! WHY? Why don’t you do that?! I mean tax withholding is what I gave you my tax file number for!
Bank Lady: Oh, sometimes we don’t withhold tax from joint accounts.
ABC: HOW DOES THIS MAKE ANY SENSE?!
Bank Lady: Well, since I’ve answered your question, I’m sure you are satisfied byebye now!
So, it’s taken me 2 weeks to file the taxes this year, and I’m feeling quite a lot like this:
Sometimes, doing the taxes really sucks.
 Okay, so a little because I’m an accounting graduate, but not in a weird way, okay?!