Every year about this time, my human gathers all her paperwork together for her income tax preparer. These photos are from February 2004, and it’s amazing how little things have changed over the years. She pulls out the brown accordion folder and the calculator and starts messing with a big pile of papers. To this day, she still uses the same calculator! For the past five years or so, she has sworn that next year she will use Quickbooks to organize her numbers — in fact, it is already installed on her computer — but she never does it.
The one thing that has changed — and we cats are very grateful that it has — is that now she does all her figuring in her office, or if her office is too cluttered, like it is this year, on the dining table. Back at the old house, she used to do her taxes on our bed! Right where we wanted to sleep. Tempers always ran high at tax time.
And it’s not like this tax thing took an afternoon and it was over. My human would work on it until late into the night… for several days!
There are times when the phrase “make the best of it” rings hollow. I am glad that there is no more tax stuff on the bed.
My Human got this sick feeling in the pit of her stomach when she read the T-word. She doesn’t want to think about it. Nope. Uh-uh. No T-word around here!
You looked pretty freaked out about the taxes!
Fraidy Cats says
Our mom’s taxes are pretty easy, but she is one of those that takes up the bed with her papers…::sigh:: Glad your situation is better this year, Sparkle. have a great weekend!
Pip, Smidgen, minnie, and Hollie
Blerg, taxes suck. It’s good that your human isn’t taking up your bed to do them anymore!
caren gittleman says
you could say that tax time is rather “taxing” MOL!
Eric and Flynn says
That was very inconsiderate when your mum used to use your bed.
Ayla, Iza, and Marley says
The Big Thing uses a computer tax program. When he first bought stocks, he went NUTS tryin ta figure out all the terms an right numbers ta enter. But he loves the software cuz the computer just KNOWS where every number goes! So he just has a small stack of papers an does jus what the computer says. Takes about an hour!
We don’t like tax time….
Toby & Leia says
That last pic is really great. You look so very soft, Miss Sparkle. As for the rest..well…least y’all have your bed back.
The publicist has to start doing this….she is not happy
Katnip Lounge says
Our Mommy does taxes at the table, thank Cod. If she tried to take our bed…oh, we can’t even GO there!
The Woman always gets frustrated getting numbers together. She is pretty happy this year I think…
Oh Sparkle, we don’t like taxes either since our mommy works on them all the time instead of paying attention to us. Our mom does find it funny to know how much people go through to get their tax stuff together since she sees the result of somewhat organized stuff. She does think that QB is a great help.
I love the pictures! Hope your weekend is not too taxing Sparkle!!!
I help my dad with his taxes by shredding all the papers with my claws. He laughs and says “yeah, take that, government!” Mom likes it too because it teaches dad not to leave his papers on the dining room table.
Fuzzy and Zoe says
Our mom’s taxes are easy peasy. She doesn’t have her own business or have to worry about a lot of different deductions and expenses. Sounds like we have something to be grateful for! Good luck, girls – don’t let her forget to feed you while she’s fretting over what she owes Uncle Sam!
Hannah and Lucy says
Fancy your mom taking over your bed just to do her taxes!!
Well Sparkle, sure glad Mom has moved to a desk. We sure don’t want her ruining your nap times. That would really be rude. Take care and have a super week end.
The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie says
Mom has been busy doing tax stuff too. Every year she vows not to wait until the last minute. Every year she starts early………..and ends up running around at the last minute!
The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie
Max the Quilt Cat says
Arrrgh… tax time. HH goes nuts with all the figures. I stay out of it.
The Island Cats says
Our mom and dad takes all their papers to some guy who does their taxes. But it’s fun to watch them run around trying to collect all their papers to make sure they’ve got everything.
You are reminding M she has to get going on her tax stuff. She’ll be grumpy all day now.
Fui, Suey and Lishy says
Tax time is no fun at all time. We’re glad you got your bed back 🙂
Dad takes over the dining room table all year long for his “papers” – not only tax time. Makes it hard for me to lie up there unless Mom gets the whip out and makes him clear it all away. How we suffer.
Slash & Bronzy says
We tax our Mommy quite highly. We make her pay us in treatsies. Lots and lots of yummo treatsies!
Buddy Bear says
Is we happies our Beans don has no more tax thingies to mess wif. Big One says don make no difference, da gumiment gets a big bite ever year anyways. We miss da fun of all da papers an stuffs we had to play in.
Is good da piktures today. Real good.
I dunno about this tax thing… do you think they’ll tax our tunas? *worried look*