Flashback Friday: A Taxing Time

I did not approve of her deductions

For fun, I thought I would look back at March 2005 to see what was going on. And surprise! My human was working on her annual tax return. She does it in February now because she is no longer a “sole proprietor” and has to get it done sooner. But that is about the only thing that has changed.

The calculator is a coveted cat toy!

What is a constant: while my human toils over numbers, we kitties have a paper party!

She was lucky - that is usually my gig!

That year, Binga got to play with the calculator tape the most.

Boodie never gets the calculator tape

Boodie played a rousing game of Rattle The Papers. Note that in the background, in the hallway, there is a cat toy that is being totally ignored.

Boodie considers the calculator a spectator sport

Every year, it’s the same thing — my human does all the tax preparation by hand, on the floor of her home office. One year, after we moved into the new house, she had room to do the taxes on her desk. But almost always, it’s on the floor, where she meticulously writes everything down. She does have Quickbooks, but she has never learned to use it.

Wasteful human!

The money she spent on Quickbooks would have bought a really nice cat tree, or several awesome cat beds. Just saying.

If you want to see what we kitties did the rest of March 2005, you can click here to see the original blog post!

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  1. says

    We can see that the three of you are very helpful to your Mom when she is busy. The papers all seem to be getting prepared for filing and we know she will be very grateful.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

    • says

      Oh Binga, that looks like great fun to pull on that paper in the adding machine. We bet that all of you were such a big help. Take care.

  2. says

    Whatever humans are playing with is always more fun than an old cat toy. Bravo to your human for doing her taxes by hand! Our human is lucky she can count all our toes and get it right.

  3. says

    MomKatt refuses to try to do her taxes herself – she says it’s important to let people do what they are good at, so she allows our CPA to be good at HIS job so SHE can do something SHE is good at (AND more interested in – like entertaining us! MOL)

    Good luck to your meowmy w/her taxes …


    PS – Paper is WAY fun!

  4. da tabbies o trout towne says

    sparkle; yur mom wuz a SOLE proprietor ๐Ÿ˜› thatz az good aza trout ore flounder proprietor; bet everee one wuz sorree ta see de fish go huh…. :roll:

    Haza awesum seachtain OH deireadh anda happee Lรก Fhรฉile Pรกdraig
    haza awesum week oh end anda happee st patricks day

  5. says

    well, my Dad uses Quicken and Quick Books and no way do I ever get on his or even Mom’s desk. I am just too scared I will get punished I guess; I am not very adventuresome…sigh…but looks like you all have been enjoying your human’s tax time ๐Ÿ˜› peeEss just curious…Sparkle when did you begin your blog?

  6. says

    It looks like way more fun doing taxes at your house than ours! Mommy won’t even let us play with her pencil anymore. She’s a party pooper. Our mommy loves when people use Quickbooks but they probably don’t love all the journal entries she gives them back to fix everything they did wrong!

  7. says

    Heh-heh! Bet your human didn’t use HBO words like mine did when I sat on her papers while she was scanning them to send them to cousin Kevin, their accountant.

  8. says

    Awwww fun flashback! Paper makes everything better ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m just hoping that i can one day look back on taxes 2012 with a smile… or at least NOT as a “omc” and “wtc was I thinking?!” heheh

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