February 1st, 2011 Tax Returns and Responsibility
Every year around this time, those of us fortunate enough to have steady stable employment submit our 1040s to the IRS to collect a refund for taxes we’ve paid more than our share of. This year, mine was rather a bit larger than usual thanks to the Making Work Pay tax credit. I was reflecting on the subject of what I had spent previous years’ tax returns on and came to an amusing discovery: Almost every tax return I’ve received since I moved to California in 2006 has been applied to a vehicle purchase. Let’s review.
2007: White 1987 Toyota Supra Targa Turbo (Sold in 2009)
2008: White 2007 Toyota RAV4 Sport V6 4WD
2009: Red 1990 Kawasaki Concours (presently smashed and being repaired)
Now it’s 2011, and I’m about to receive the biggest tax return I’ve ever received. Do I have my eyes on a new(er) toy? Of course I do! …but there’s also a whole laundry list of things that I’ve been putting off in wait for funding. Things like proper riding gear, new tires for the RAV4 and a credit card that isn’t going to pay itself off.
So this year, I’ll be good. Despite the pressing urge to do otherwise. I think.
You broke your Connie? That gives me sad face. :(
The kickstand killswitch failed, and I took off without raising the kickstand. I started with a slow right turn out of my parking spot, but bounced off the kickstand when trying to make a left until it pushed me into the curb. I couldn't walk for a few days, and was really really sore for a few months; the connie took a beating to the face and lost the left front footrest, but is otherwise okay. Buying the damaged cosmetics from Bikerbandit would cost about what I paid for the bike in the first place. ;_;