…. that’s what I came home to yesterday.   A bill from the NYS Office of Taxation and Finance.

I tried to be good.  I really did.  But when I looked at my return, I lost it!  I filed late (as usual) and was happy to see that I didn’t owe.  As a matter of fact, they owed me $175.00.  But in the typical scare tactic way they operate, they ignored $3421. of the $5700 I paid in taxes, slapped me with a penalty and interest to say that I owed them close to $4000.00.  Then on top of that gave me two weeks to pay the total or incur more charges.  They ignored my total taxes paid on my return and on my filing application.  So now it’s time for me to do the song and dance with them to get them to reverse the charges and pay what they owe me.  That should be interesting.

I’m not going to lie, I wanted to cry.  So badly, I got a headache.  But I was more angry than my need to shed tears.  Especially since I felt singled out for no reason.  A mistake they made turned around to be a tax liability with a fight I don’t need for me.  On top of all the shenanigans I have going on at work already.

I remembered part of Kate’s comment on this week’s selection for Music Monday“a simple message and hard to follow!”  Yes indeed.  I felt crushed and just all around ticked off.  My first thought really was — where would I get $4000 to pay them in two weeks?  I felt that despite my efforts to maintain a positive attitude it seems like life is determined to keep relentlessly sucker punching me.  Then I was gently reminded of  — Phillipians 4:6 – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”   Well okay then … I got told.  😀

So I asked for forgiveness for the not so nice words I said aloud and in my mind, then I sat down to do what I know would calm me down — knit.  Me on the couch, still in my work-clothes, 160 stitches of garter, adding to the rows I already done on the train ride home.


This is the beginning of the Purl Soho Easy Baby blanket I’m doing for my coworker’s son.

I breathe deeply, then felt God telling me that everything is going to be okay.  Because a tax bill of $3882.90 that I don’t owe ain’t nothing for God to handle.  Shoot, even if I did owe it, He’d find a way to help me pay.  So there NYS Office of Taxation and Finance!    Take that, you dirty rat!  😛

11 thoughts on “$3882.90

  1. Nicky July 27, 2014 / 4:42 pm

    I really want to give you all a heart-felt thanks for weighing in and encouraging me as I make it through this craziness. I’ll know by Thursday if all is rectified and if there’s anything else I need to do. Will definitely update you then. ❤ to all of you.

  2. Andi July 27, 2014 / 10:00 am

    That had to be scary. Shed tears, scream, rant and rave. Then sit back and take a deep breath knowing it will all get handled. You know deep in your heart that you are taken care of love.

  3. ToniS July 24, 2014 / 3:41 pm

    Oh my!!! That would have freaked me out–hope you can get it sorted out quickly. We had a smaller but similar situation happen with our state taxes. They missed a line on our form, so we were right and they were wrong, and a very nice gentleman on the phone walked me through exactly how to do an appeal. They fixed it immediately, so I hope they do the same for you!!! HUGS!!!

  4. QuaintrelleNoire July 24, 2014 / 8:05 am

    That’s some fraggernackle bull as Mike Baisden used to say. Govt take their time when they owe you, but let you owe them & they want it quick.

    You got every right to yell, scream, cuss whatever, get it out. Unnecessary drama ’cause somebody in a cubicle didn’t do their job right no doubt.

    Speaking of shenanigans at work. That might end up being my next blog post.

  5. Jewels July 23, 2014 / 2:22 pm

    Let yourself cry. Tt’s certainly better than having a headache!

    I was in a situation where I was promised temporary/short-term disability during my maternity leave and then when it was time to file, found out that I was ineligible. I lost my mind. Rather than crying, I threw stuff. It’s probably healthier to let yourself cry. :\

    Good luck getting all that squared away–I really feel for you!

  6. Tracey July 23, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    You have every right to be mad and to shed some tears! That is just crazy and I’m sorry on top of everything you now have to deal with this.

  7. savethestationery July 23, 2014 / 10:47 am

    Keep that attitude that you have and go forward with faith that all will be solved. I love your attitude and I grieve for your pain. Know that my thoughts are with you. (hugs)

  8. Preeti July 23, 2014 / 10:26 am

    Unfair, unjust and giving you just two weeks to settle their ridiculous bill with no allowance to dispute the penalty. I’d be mad too! Hope you get things sorted soon and that they realize their error and put things right by you xx

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