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Just a little something-something in the writing department since my gallery has been woefully lacking in written work as of late. 
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So many things I want to do, chief among them write. Second in command, draw. I have about six drawing ideas lined up and I want to get them done in the next few months. But damn, I'm so tired. I look back at my college years and wonder how I ever motivated myself. Then I remember that I was a different person then. Younger. More optimistic/idealistic. And my situation was different. I had more freedom, more variety, and the work I did was for me. I receive a paycheck for my work which is nice (and very needed), but it's all for the benefit of the agency I work for, not me. There's no freedom, no variety, just a lot of the same shit day in and day out. I don't even remember the last time I was happy. Truly happy, I mean. I have happy moments, but they're always overshadowed by stress and irritability and exhaustion. If it wasn't for two people at work, and my friends on dA, my crazy train would be off the rails by now. 

I'm slowly but surely taking care of my tax fiasco. Have one form filled out and one more to go, then I can send them and a copy of my 1095-A to the IRS and focus on last year's taxes. I'll be relieved when tax time is over and done with.

I'll also be relieved when it starts to warm up. This cold weather is killing me.
  • Reading: Fingerprints of the Gods
A blizzard came through Thursday night and lasted until Friday evening. We got about a foot of snow, and a sheet of ice on top of that. Got to stay home from work Friday, which meant a three-day weekend. But lo and behold, I didn't get to enjoy it.  

Thursday I got a letter from the IRS basically saying I made a mistake on my tax return for 2014. Apparently my insurance company, which was a different one than the one I have now, was supposed to have sent me a 1095-A (a form sent to individuals from their insurance companies to allow them to claim Premium Tax Credits) which I should have used to fill out my taxes. I had no memory of ever receiving one. I rummaged through my old tax stuff and couldn't find anything. The next day, Friday, I called the IRS and it was explained to me that the 1095-A is a new form that was first used in 2014 so lots of people didn't get one who were supposed to. So it wasn't my fault or anything, but I still have to go back and refile my 2014 taxes because they're all jacked up. After I got off the phone with the IRS I called the Health Insurance Marketplace, which was where I'd had my insurance in 2014, and asked them for a copy of my 1095-A for 2014. They said they'd send it but it would take roughly 14 days. So I called the IRS back and told them I'd have to wait approximately 14 days for my 1095-A to come in. They said that was fine and even made a notation in their computer system that I was being proactive about amending my taxes, and that I just had to wait for the necessary documentation. All in all, not too terrible. I'm not being accused of tax fraud or anything, which I was worried about. But still... yuck!

What gets me is why they waited so long. With as much power as the IRS has, you'd think they'd notify you of tax errors pretty early on. I confided in my work friend and he agreed, the whole thing is bullshit. I went to the website the IRS directed me to in their letter and looked at how to do a tax amendment. The amendment form is confusing as hell. When that 1095-A comes in the mail I'm going to call the IRS again and ask if they can walk me through it because otherwise there's no way I could fill it out correctly.

So... I'll have to fill out not one but two tax returns. How did I ever get so lucky? :iconfacepalmplz:           
  • Mood: Frustrated
  • Reading: Fingerprints of the Gods
  • Watching: The Walking Dead
I was going to journal yesterday but I couldn't put my feelings into words. I'm still not quite sure how to verbalize them, but I'll try. In case anyone isn't aware, British actor Alan Rickman passed away yesterday after battling cancer. I was saddened by the recent loss of Bowie, but as someone who's loved and admired Alan Rickman for as long as I can remember, his passing cuts me to the bone. It came as such a shock that I'm numbed by it. You're so used to seeing someone -- so used to them being around -- that when they're not it doesn't feel real. It feels like a lie. I keep expecting to hear it was all some elaborate hoax. But then I look at his IMDB page and I'm forced to face reality.

The great Alan Rickman has left us. The world will never be the same without him.       
So many things I want to do, chief among them write. Second in command, draw. I have about six drawing ideas lined up and I want to get them done in the next few months. But damn, I'm so tired. I look back at my college years and wonder how I ever motivated myself. Then I remember that I was a different person then. Younger. More optimistic/idealistic. And my situation was different. I had more freedom, more variety, and the work I did was for me. I receive a paycheck for my work which is nice (and very needed), but it's all for the benefit of the agency I work for, not me. There's no freedom, no variety, just a lot of the same shit day in and day out. I don't even remember the last time I was happy. Truly happy, I mean. I have happy moments, but they're always overshadowed by stress and irritability and exhaustion. If it wasn't for two people at work, and my friends on dA, my crazy train would be off the rails by now. 

I'm slowly but surely taking care of my tax fiasco. Have one form filled out and one more to go, then I can send them and a copy of my 1095-A to the IRS and focus on last year's taxes. I'll be relieved when tax time is over and done with.

I'll also be relieved when it starts to warm up. This cold weather is killing me.
  • Reading: Fingerprints of the Gods

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exhalants Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
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Thank you  so much for the fave =P (Razz) 
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