Tax rebates and taxing days

The government decided to fight the recession today with a tax credit. The idea here is that taxpayers will get rebate checks. $600 if you are single and $1200 if you are a couple. In the fine print, single people who make more than $75K or couples who earn more than $150K are out of luck. Since I fall into the former category, I won’t be getting a tax rebate.

On the other hand, I did give myself a little gift, which in a way, is even better. For the last 8 years or so, every time I get a raise at work, I have the full amount of the raise taken out of my paycheck and added to my retirement account. My net paycheck, therefore, has not changed in more than 8 years. Since the market has been tanking lately (and I have a substantial amount of retirement money already in the market); to help speed up the paying off a credit card bill; and to treat myself for a change, I decided, finally, to “take” my raise in my paycheck for a change, rather than adding it to retirement.

Just for 2008–then I go back to contributing to my retirement at the same levels that I left off.

Today, I got my first pay stub that includes my accumulated raises from the last 8 years, and my net pay was about $400 more than it was before. So in a sense, for the next year, it’s as though I am receiving twenty-six $400 tax rebate checks. That’s not a bad deal.

Another long, busy day at work. We were supposed to roll this application out on Monday, but I found myself trying to squeeze in too much too fast at the end. Even my tester was concerned that I was rushing things. So it looks like we’ll be rolling out on Thursday instead, which gives me enough time to put on the finishing touches that are needed without rushing things too much. Still, I worked through lunch once again, and didn’t leave the office until after 5 PM.

The day doesn’t get easier tomorrow. I should be in the office at around 5:30, giving me about 4-1/2 hours to work on the finishing touches, before I have to stop. Beginning at 11 AM tomorrow, I have 5 hours worth of meetings to attend. Actually, though, since I’ll be leaving the office at 3:30 PM, I’ll be skipping out on part of the last one.

On the bright side, Kelly and I head up to New York City tomorrow. That should be a lot of fun.

I’m off to bed, to read for an hour or so before fainting dead away. In the back of my mind, I wonder… when will I get back to the gym? When will I get back to my writing?


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