Tax Time

Pictures by Sam Flarity of West Texas

The reward for surviving Christmas is income tax. We go from a season of giving and changing altruistic ways to paying more and more to a government we are less and less satisfied with.

For the past two weeks I’ve stalled, procrastinated, rationalized, avoided and just plain ignored my personal elephant in the room.


Dig out receipts and records, organize, categorize, arrange paper and pencils and start.


  • I’ll fix a pot of coffee.
  • How about I light a left-over smelly holiday candle.
  • What should I fix for supper?
  • Write down a character’s moment in my notebook.
  • Oh dear, the laundry.
  • I need to feed the birds.
  • Book first?


Make a list and tend to the dreaded income tax.

I say it every year but this time I’m serious.

I will get organized and keep receipts in special files throughout the year.


Adding debt costs from the past year is a direct route to questioning decisions, that at the moment seemed inspired and risky enough to lead to a financial gain.

We all want such an opportunity. How to go about it is the big question.

Last year I updated a house. This year I plan to produce some children’s books and maybe even a novel.

So, this year I’m going to organize, write and redo my front yard landscaping. I also need to network, sell books at festivals and bashes.

But wait-

I hear the deserts of West Texas are calling. I think I’ll answer.


2 thoughts on “Tax Time


    DON’T save those receipts. Scan them in and save them in Tax Year X directory. Not only for organization, but because receipts nowadays are printed in an ink that fades- so by the time tax time arrives, you have a faded mess with no chance of easy recognition.

  2. kemkem

    Yeah. I always dread tax time. It’s a bit easier for us now but still a headache that costs money but gives nothing in return­čść

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