Dear Canadian Revenue
It gives me great pleasure to let you know that I stopped at the Paragon Pharmacy/Post Office today….and mailed in my tax return.
I’m American, so I haven’t quite figured out all the ins and outs of this Canadian system. In the U.S., the deadline for filing taxes is April 15. Here, I’m not sure, is it April 30?
Thus by my calculation, today being April 27 and all, I’m a whopping 362 days late in filing my return. Oh, did I forget to mention I mailed in my 2009 tax return?
Oh, well, it was. My return from 2009.
What can I say, I’m normally very responsible about things like tax returns. But I had to file it by mail instead of electronically. And, our printer either didn’t work…or didn’t have a cartridge…or both. And we never have paper on which to print even if we have a functioning printer. And then we went to the States last July and I lost my glasses and I fully intended to mail that return because I really wanted the $50 you owe me. But then winter set in and I was hibernating; eating sticky toffee pudding and buried under dirty laundry.
And then the professor did the 2010 returns and he was all ‘where’s the 2009 return’ and I had to be all ‘I didn’t mail them in.’
Or maybe I said ‘we‘ didn’t mail them in. Because what’s the point of being married if you can’t use the royal we every once in a while? None, if you ask me. That’s precisely the point of being married. The royal we…..and to have someone to take out the garbage and the recycling.
But I digress.
The point is….I have conquered my personal Everest: I have placed the return in an envelope, sealed said envelope, addressed said envelope, paid postage for said envelope and submitted it to the post office. I’m sorry for the [substantial] delay.
But the only one who’s hurting here, is moi. If I’d taken that $50 and invested it, I might have $55 right now. And instead I have $0.
I have learned my lesson and vow to be an upstanding pseudo-resident from here on out. (What can I say the permanent residency application hasn’t been mailed in either…..)