So little time… so little to do

April 12, 2007

Taxing times

Filed under: arbit — Priyam @ 3:48 pm

Literally ! It’s that time of the year when people are forced to go filing. For many a poor student like me it is a piece of cake – happiness at not having earned enough during the course of the year to have to fill up the government’s coffers. Or may be just the joy of getting something returned to me. But all around, student or working, it is one of the most common things of discussion among my friends. Never did I think that I might have to seek professional help for taxes. So would you if your father did that for a living. But what amazed me more, was a tax seminar. The guy actually had not got answers to some of the questions fielded to him. Well, I guess you cannot know everything of any field. The other amusing thing was the fact how two very different countries like India and US had a similar structure of calculating what one owes. The only difference I guess is that the forms out here are so made out that every line is explained to its core. The trick is actually knowing which forms to fill out. I guess that’s why the H&R block can afford to charge an inexplicable amount for just a few mintues of work. I don’t know if I will ever be needed to seek help from them. The very thought of getting help from someone outside the family, for something that I have seen my dad do for others from whatever time I can recall, is creepy.

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