Feeling overwhelmed but with one bright spot
I'm back from vacation (which was wonderful and fun)and trying to get a handle on all the things that piled up while I was gone, as well as some things I never finished before I left, plus several urgent situations among parishioners all hitting at once. Then out of the blue--totally--my inlaws called and asked, "Have you taken care of your tax situation yet?" :O Wham! The mixture of astonishment, guilt, shame, despair, AND anger and rebellion has me on tilt. I think the universe is talking to me, because just this morning I was making a list of everything I am behind on, and I wrote TAXES in great big letters. I thought several times today of the stack of letters from the IRS that came several months ago and are buried somewhere on my desk (er, actually, the dining room table, next to the computer). I don't yet know what they say and I'm terribly afraid to look, even though I know the longer I wait the worse it will be. I know that my taxes count as unfiled for most or all of the last seven years because I just never finished them--filed extensions but never completed. And any that I have completed are wrong because there are some portions I didn't do right (after all that work, I read more about it and learned that there are entire forms I didn't know about). I've been splurging/stocking up on things a little with each paycheck for several months with the thought that once I really tackle my taxes I will be utterly broke. Anyhow, after thinking about taxes and then having my nose rubbed in them, I did some research online about delinquent taxes and using a tax attorney. I decided that's what we'll have to do. Then something wonderful happened: I got an email from my mom telling me to watch for a registered letter containing a very large check--an inheritance from my great aunt! I don't know yet how much the check is, nor how much, ultimately, we'll owe, and no idea what a tax attorney charges, but I am hopeful that it will at least be enough to pay the tax attorney and the current taxes (I've read that if you are behind it's best to tend to the current ones before tackling the past due ones). Of course-%#$@!!!--I guess there will be taxes on the dadgummed inheritance, too (sigh).:( How many of us on this forum, I wonder, have had tax problems due to procrastination? Any of you had experience getting it all straightened out?