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Himself put Laurel to bed when he got home from work a few hours ago. This is what I heard...

Himself: Bedtime for bonzo!
Laurel: [starts crying]
Himself: Baby fire engine!
Laurel: [runs down the hall wailing and fussing]
Himself: [from Laurel's room] Where's the baby fire?
Laurel: [continues fussing]
Himself: Hey, there aren't any babies on fire in here!
Laurel: [climbs into bed, decides it's not that bad with her blankets and Kitty, and stops fussing]
Himself: [after returning to the living room] Well, there weren't any babies on fire. Just one that didn't want to go to bed.

You'd think it's always this fun around here, but it's mostly because we finally got a copy of his W-2 (the original is in the Middle East with his old shop) and after filing, we're getting close to $3k back. For the interested, that makes our current tax rate around -20%. I knew there was a perk to living below the poverty line. (:


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Mar. 27th, 2003 06:09 am (UTC)
Great bedtime scheme - I'll have to remember that one!

As for poverty...

My tax return was $3,200 this year. I'm still not sure whether I should be happy about that.

Mar. 27th, 2003 09:01 pm (UTC)
It's one of the rare "easy" bedtimes for us... usually she wants nothing to do with going to bed and throws a tantrum. I think I need to tire her out more, get her a giant hamster wheel or something. (:

I'm glad we actually got a tax refund this year since last year's was all FUBAR'd -- since we were in different states at the time, he had them prepared on-base and now finance claims it was never filed (they said a whole block prepared on base were lost last year). I plan to refile last year's myself since Robert has no copy of last year's taxes to prove it did go through.
Mar. 27th, 2003 09:06 am (UTC)
Aww. That's cute. It makes me want kids! haha. :P Congrats on the money!
Mar. 27th, 2003 09:50 am (UTC)
Taxes, Yay!
Hell, if you're good, there are perks to living above the poverty line. I've done it. Admittedly, I know more about tax law than most people know about breathing.

My best year income-wise was a hair over 30k, and I still got back 2k from the feds, having them take out no fed taxes all year. I got back about a grand from the state of MA that year too, though they withheld about $500 for the year in taxes.

Granted, I'm a single mom of 2, and had fun stuff like daycare expenses to reduce (eliminate) what little tax liability I did have, that and the child tax credit. The additional child tax credit and the EIC are both BEAUTIFUL programs.
Mar. 27th, 2003 09:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Taxes, Yay!
If it weren't for additional child tax credit and the EIC, we wouldn't be getting much back, so I'm quite thankful for them. (:
Mar. 27th, 2003 06:15 pm (UTC)
Wowser! Niiice. I think I'm gettin' like 400 or something. Eh. Minus the 25 I hadda pay to get 'em done for me by a red-haired dude with elf ears. 8-.

Hehe baby fire engine!
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