I had a couple days at home after getting all the machinery inside for the winter, so I decided to get a jump on the books. With a fresh pencil and a Christmas radio station on, I jumped in with a pretty good attitude, for me.
Perhaps it took less time this year because the numbers were so much smaller than the last couple years. Whatever the reason, I finished up in pretty good time.
So off to the Federal Building in Fargo to get forms for my old electric typewriter. They had a stack of W-2 and W-3 forms but none of the other ones I needed. Could it be I am so far ahead my government isn’t ready for me? After punching in a code and cooling my heels for a time, a lady came out to tell me they weren’t going to have those forms anymore. So much for my pretty-good attitude. She responded to my polite inquiry that, yes, I still needed to file them and they might be available at Office Max.
Of all the things the government seems unable to get done, I guess we can add printing 1099s to the list.
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I got my Christmas shopping done
With only just one stop.
My wife takes care of all the kids;
She’s much more prone to shop.
Now here comes the time of year
I always hate the worst.
It just can't be avoided:
The book work must come first.
The IRS will want to know
What I did back in June.
If there’s hope to remember,
I had better dig in soon.
I know the numbers in that pile
Of canceled checks and stuff
Will give me answers that I need.
But digging in is tough.
It’s too bad I’m so crabby
When Christmas time is near.
But I would rather skip the books,
And cultivate all year.
David Kragnes farms near Felton, Minn. A former board member and chairman of American Crystal Sugar Company, he currently serves on the CoBank Board of Directors.
Write Field column is written by David Kragnes. David farms near Felton, MN. He is a former Chairman of American Crystal Sugar Co., and currently serves on the board of directors of CoBank.