Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Taxman Cometh

So we're in the final days of this trip back to the States and that means handling some business that cannot be easily taken care of abroad - such as filing our taxes.

I am old school in that I like to do the tax forms by hand, with pen and calculator in tow. This used to be much easier back in the day of qualifying for the 1040-EZ, but these days it's getting a bit wee complex.

Compared to last year, this year's return will include a Schedule E (because we rented out our place while we were in Vietnam), a Form 1116 (for the Foreign Tax Credit), and the Treasury Form TD F 90-22.1 (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts). This is along with the standard alphabet soup of forms - A, B, C, D's - the bane of folks of a certain age.

It took about 5 hours of persistent but relaxed work, including downloading the instructions for the forms that were new to me.

Hopefully, one of these days I'll have a Caymans tax shelter, buy some collectible artwork, have depreciable mineral rights, and have a butler, just so I can enjoy filling out the more esoteric schedules to the 1040.

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