10 October 2007

The tax man calleth

I don't know if the non-clergy folks who read this blog realize that when it comes to being taxed, lots of clergy get skewered by our dear US IRS. Since many of us are considered self-employed, we pay the part of our taxes that normal people have paid by their employers.
Figuring out taxes has been a major struggle for my 7 1/2 years of paid ministry. It got slightly better when I married Dennis and we had his company start with-holding enough to cover my part of our joint return. It got even better when I took a large paycut post-Annalivia and we also got our child tax credit.
The best so far has happened this year, though. Today our accountant called and we are getting an $800 refund from the Feds and $300 from the State for 2006!!
Finally, we have won the tax war! And this year, with Daniel's birth and a little less with-holding, we should be right on the money, so to speak. Maybe we'll actually file our taxes in April. Probably not. This is a pretty nice 3rd quarter surprise.


Jan said...

YAY!! Thank the Lord!

more cows than people said...

dude- another thing that sucks about being infertile.

i don't expect to EVER see a tax return ever again.

more cows than people said...

happy for you though.

Amalee Issa said...

Well done April on getting the better of the taxman! And I know you're busy with healing and babying, so its great to read yr posts!

I may have found another laundry-dude. Check out Norma's blog (isnt that picture of the kites amazing?) and scroll down to the picture of the woman in pyjamas.


Amalee Issa said...


is Norma's blog

musicmommy3 said...


We're not clergy but we ARE self employed so I TOTALLY understand about the tax return thing. A friend of mine askedhow much we were getting back last year and I about fell over laughing. Acutally, I think we did manage to get something back. Now that we have 3 kids things are better. One year our tax man said to us that we either needed to have another baby or buy another truck. I think that was the year of the truck. LOL
God tells us when to have the babies, lest anyone think we are having them to write them off.

Tia Lynn said...

Hey I just wanted to let you know I changed my blog's URL

ABandon Image can now be found at


Jim and Amy Rennie said...

hey, this isn't about taxes, but I happened to notice on the homecoming mailing that "Ollie" Idowu is on the board? Is that Olumide, and when did he start going by Ollie? Have you seen him? hahaha I'm just curious. :)