… I got to spend my Friday night putting the finishing touches on my 2012 U.S. tax forms.
Now I know what you’re thinking … “But Shazzer “Procrastination” Speak, those forms were due two months ago!”
And that would be true if I lived in the U.S. But I don’t … which means I have an automatic two-month extension. It also means that I think IT’S COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS THAT I HAVE TO FILE AT ALL.
The U.S, has the distinction of being one of the very few countries in the world (as in 1 of 2) that taxes its citizens’ incomes regardless of what country they actually reside in. Wanna know who we share this illustrious honor with? ERITREA. Now there’s an alliance we can be proud of right there. NOT.
Fortunately (?), my salary falls well within the range of qualifying for the “Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (which says the first $90-something thousand dollars of your income is not subject to double taxation), so I don’t actually owe the IRS any money, making it EVEN MORE IDIOTIC THAT I HAVE TO FILE.
So I always put this odious task off until the absolutely last minute. Except for this one time, at band camp … I mean last year, when I spaced it completely and didn’t file until August. And you know what? I never heard a peep from the IRS about it. But then again I doubt they spend a whole lot of time dealing with citizens who don’t owe them any money.
IF ONLY WE NON-OWE-ING CITIZENS HAD THE SAME OPTION.