The Tax Man Cometh

Filed in PersonalTags: Palliative Polemic

Not really a whole lot to talk about today. All week at work, I have been pretty much sitting around with my thumbs stuck up my butt, waiting for the reviewers to get my documents back to me. Basically, the ball is in their court, and they are paying for me to be here, doing nothing. My job here is to complete the Computer System Validation (CSV) package for the computer and Human-Machine Interface used to operate a system of sterility isolators. This validation package includes a number of documentation deliverables, as well as the completed Installation Qualification / Operational Qualification protocols. The system was *supposed* to be operational by 15 April, but that date has been moved back to 1 May. Basically, I have presented the reviewers with the entire package for review and approval, and am now waiting for the package to be returned, so that I can actually perform the tests. I had a meeting today with the Senior Project Engineer and a number of the senior people involved with the project. They gave a run-down of why the project is behind, and what it will take to get back on-schedule. The bottom line for me, however, is that I am likely to be sitting here with nothing to do until Monday. But, my company gets paid, and I get paid, for me to be here, regardless, so other than spending a rather boring week, it's not really a big deal.

Interestingly, my boss is also down here now, working on an entirely different project. I may actually get the opportunity to work with him on the project, giving me some invaluable experience, as well as allowing me to kibbutz with the boss. Not a bad deal, either!

Last night, I went to get my taxes done. I've already started the habit of going to a tax advisor to have my taxes done. Right now, I could probably still do my own taxes, but starting next year, it will be much more difficult. I'll have significant savings, 401(k) earnings, IRA earnings, and probably some personal investments to deal with. This year was not all that simple, what with part-year residency and earnings in both Indiana and Michigan, plus factoring in the Educational credit from my last year of college. In the end, though, I made out quite nicely, and will be getting a pretty fat refund check. The other reason to see a tax advisor was to amend last year's filing. My parents were given some bogus tax advice, and were told that they could claim me on their return, even though I was claiming myself. Well, the IRS didn't like that, and since it would cost less for me to amend, we're fixing it that way. The less money I give to the IRS, the better, in my opinion.

I got an email yesterday from Matt, inviting me over to his house tomorrow for a cookout, in celebration of their purchase of a new barbecue grill. I'm already craving some char-grilled steak... of course, it's going to make me *really* want to get a grill for my apartment in Kalamazoo. But, if you know me, you know that if I were to get a grill, it would have to be a top-of-the-line Weber or Viking. And I'm not sure if I want to risk having that nice of a grill at my apartment, where I wouldn't be able to keep it safe, locked up inside, since I don't have a garage, just a patio. However, I spent all last summer having to pan-fry all my meat, and it about killed me. I just *have* to have my grill!