Back from hiatus, Thoughtful Thursday returns. I even have a picture/badge to use. It’s not a challenge yet but who knows what may happen. Ah who am I kidding? I’m not that creative or reliable.
Today I’ll toss out a belated tax day tale. Here’s the backstory. B and two others started an LLC back in 2019. In 2020, despite the Rona, they were able to turn a profit and even contract somebody who we’ll call P. I’m the resident bookkeeper by default. I’m helping as a cost saving measure. Truth be told, I love doing the books. Anyway, it was time to send the 1099. I took my two days off and it’s Friday 1/29/21. Every thing after this relates to that.
Me: Holy hell, the 1099 misc. has been replaced. P needs the new 1099 NEC. The 1099 misc. we gave him is no good. And Copy A 1099 NEC is due to the IRS on 2/1/21! That’s freaking Monday! I swear this wasn’t there when I last looked. Was originally due March 1st!!!
After Googling and silently panicking because we don’t have the TCC code or the special software which means we can’t file online and we’d be late, thus fined a minimum $100.00, B says “doesn’t Office Depot have tax forms”. Why yes! Yes! They do! Checking on my phone, the store closest to us has only two left.
Masked it up and took off. It’s after 6, they close at 8, they’re located in a strip center and people are fucking everywhere. Thank god the prime destinations were the restaurants. Office Depot was sparsely populated.
Though I only needed one set of forms, I scored the pack of 10 with special IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION envelopes. Made me so happy! We’re to legit to quit! Plus I saw the packet that came with the special software. I’ll keep that in my back pocket for next year. Once I get a TCC code.
The next morning I had to mail the damn thing. Copy A 1099 NEC with accompanying form 1096. Originals only. Certified mail is recommended. I go for Certified with Return Receipt Requested.
Of course I’m the first one there. The guy who unlocks the door is mask free and I think holy hell I’m going to have to leave! He moves away quickly and I enter. Then he comes back around the other side of the counter with plexiglass between us. He’s got his mask on over his mouth only. Sacribleu! Cover your nose man, I scream to myself! The plexiglass helped calm me down. Just like a shield and as good as a mask. Right? Please say right.
The conversation went something like this …
Me (in my twangy-est drawl): Dang IRS! Changing to a new form. Pushing up the due date by a month. Prolly won’t even sign for it.
Lady behind me: They have to. That’s how I do mine. They don’t like it by mail but TFB.
Half masked clerk: Don’cha know it. I’ve got relatives who work there. Things so bad we can’t even agree on what day it is.
Doh! I almost incited a riot. Took my receipts and scurried home.
As always more to come.