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Petty crime

I wish I could blame this story on my recent discombobulation, but I can't.

I'm walking from the bus stop this evening (in the endless rain, and the dark, chatting on the "convergence device"), when just as I approach my house a sheriff's car pulls up. I put my friend on hold and politely turn to the deputy who gets out. I am always polite to law enforcement. Except when they piss me off a lot.

We establish that I am who I am, and he serves me with a warrant.

I'm all, whoa.

It seems that I have ignored my county tax bill for quite a long time, and the county is taking me to small claims court.

Lest you think this troubles me: I kind of laugh, and thank the nice law officer. He seems disgusted with me and my petty crime. (He was very young.)

The irony is that though I've been too lazy to file a tax return with the county for a couple of years (they're not on TurboTax, see), I've been paying my taxes all along through a payroll deduction at my work, and chances are the county actually owes me a refund.

But I suppose I need to do some rendering unto Caesar, in the form of paperwork, to get that straightened out somewhere besides in my own mind, huh?


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Jan. 13th, 2006 10:43 am (UTC)
Taxes, that's right - I need to do that some time. especially since I know I must be owed a refund (since my work expenses were ridiculously high and my income ridiculously low). Maybe I can coax my brain back for the necessary... what was that again?

Good luck.
Jan. 13th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
See, this is why those of us who have significant others have significant others.

Those of us who don't? Well, they send out the sheriff.
Jan. 13th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)

Hopefully there won't be HUGE fines. Frankly, I haven't had the nerve to read the actual summons, except for the dollar figure, which isn't too terribly shocking.

Mostly I feel bad that the county had to send out a fine young deputy for something so trivial. I really should have taken care of this a year ago. And two years ago.
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Jan. 13th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
Me too, thanks! Now if I can a) file my county taxes, b) pay my garbage and water bills (the only two that can't be put on automatic payment), c) wash all the many dishes in my sink, d) get everything re-established on new credit card numbers and e) OMG everything else that's out of order in my life...

Well, then I'll be all in order.
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