austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

I was alone, I took a ride, I didn't know what I would find there

Oh yeah, I guess I usually do some talking about taxes and it just got bumped to the end of the Motor City Furry Con report. So, we had and filed taxes again this year. After the irritating experience with H&R Block last year when we weren't perfectly sure they were filling out New Jersey taxes right we went back to doing them ourselves. By ourselves I mean bunny_hugger, with me occasionally agreeing that something just didn't seem right.

Once again we didn't have enough money withheld for New Jersey taxes and I don't understand why we can't get that right. We did find that work back in New Jersey was getting taxes withheld for Michigan and that would have been great, had we owed anything for Michigan. But those withholdings were about in line for bunny_hugger, and Michigan gives a tax credit for income taxes paid to other states. So all the funds that went withheld for Michigan just went to making a larger state refund.

Giving me particular dread of getting this fixed is that work did do the paperwork to withhold Lansing city income taxes, and did that quite correctly. The city ended up owing us a couple of dollars, which is as close to perfect as we could hope for. But this required me to communicate with the home office that I needed them to: (a) increase my withholding for New Jersey, (b) skip withholding for Michigan since all that does is make our refund suspiciously large, while (c) not changing anything about withholding for Lansing, Michigan, because that was perfect as is. You can see where this is the sort of bureaucratic order people are well-designed to get wrong and I don't know how long it'll take to be sure they're doing everything right.

Sometime I really have to find out why it is the New Jersey withholding doesn't seem to be right.

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