Did my taxes yesterday. I owe. This is the first time I owe something. It's unpleasant.
It's only $263, so it's not a killer, but I still don't like it.
I think what the problem was is that since I'm paid biweekly, my paycheque doesn't always conform to the fiscal year. In 2014, I got a paycheque on January 1st, one of the year's two three-paycheque months. So with the pay coming in January 2014 for December 2013 work, it looks like I made more in 2014. The pay deductions didn't line up with the pay itself. Or something like that.
I'm also behind because my charitable donations don't recoop shit. It's always a surprise how little of it I actually get back.
There's another problem -- my donation to the NDP. (Of course the NDP -- they seem to have a magical talent for mismanagement of simple party stuff, which does not speak well for an ability to govern, I admit.) The tax form asks about donations to federal political parties, but my receipt was issued by the provincial branch -- a provincial charity. Does it count? There's no other place for it on the forms.
But then, for the money involved -- fuck it. I don't need to invite trouble. Let it go.
Anyway, it's done. I need to write them up in good this week, and tuck in a cheque. The gubmint really, really, REALLY doesn't want you to file by paper anymore. And as strong as they are on that, they reall don't want you to file a cheque even more. Well, tough shit. My iMac is 8 years old, its flash is crap, and I'm sure as shit not trusting it to do my taxes on.
But yeah. I owe. And right before the Boat. A return would have been much nicer, especially since my biweekly paychque is timed poorly for going away -- I get paid while I'm away, but since I get paid with an actual fucking cheque I have to walk to the fucking bank, since our firm doesn't do direct deposit -- my paychque before that is the one that needs to last me through the vaccay AND my mortgage AND insurance. Yay. That one pay is being stretched out a long, long way.
Everything on the card, then. That pretty much was the plan to begin with, but... yeah.
Everything has been paid for which can be paid for, though. It's only the incidentals of food and shopping, really. So it shouldn't be too bad...