Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Happy Tax Day!

by Savannah Martin, from Jenna Bennett’s Cutthroat Business mysteries

One good thing about being poor is that you don’t have to worry overmuch about your taxes. I spent the first half of last year working behind the makeup counter at Dillards—not a job designed to bring in big bucks—and right about the middle of the summer, I got my real estate license and started living off my savings instead. All of last fall, I had less than a half dozen real estate closings, so that doesn’t amount to much, either, neither in terms of paperwork nor in terms of money.

Yes, I’ve pretty much balanced on the poverty line for the past year. A far cry from the way I grew up, a Martin of Sweetwater.

But that’s what happens when you divorce the man who was supposed to love and cherish and support you in the manner to which you’ve been accustomed. Your income drops. I could have arranged for Bradley to give me alimony, I suppose, and had a steady income for a while—my sister Catherine, who handled my divorce, wanted to nail his hide to the wall—but the truth is, by the time it was all said and done, I just wanted to be rid of him. So I agreed to a settlement instead—that and my Volvo—and that’s what I’ve been living on since I quit the makeup counter.

But at least it made the taxes easy to do. I did them myself, since I couldn’t in good conscience pay someone else to do it, both because it was money I couldn’t spare, and because I ought to be able to add up a few columns of numbers. We Southern Belles aren’t actually stupid; we’re just meant to appear that way. No man likes a woman who’s smarter than he.

I even managed to come out ahead, by almost $50. Enough for a tank of gas. Or a new dress, if I shop at Target instead of Neiman-Marcus.

So what about you? Are your taxes done? Did you do them yourself? And what do you plan to do with your refund?  


  1. Refund??? If only! I think you should splurge on yourself. It sounds like you've had a rough time. How about an afternoon at the spa? Some new shoes? Or even just a double whipped cream mochachinno?

  2. I agree with Erika, but I'd go for the shopping trip if I were you! Maybe Dillards is having a having sale?

    ~ Krista

  3. My taxes are done by my financial advisor and the refund is being put to good use.