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That's it.

I'm officially throwing in the towel on adulthood. What they never tell you? It's All About Paperwork. I have, over time, requested to be put on electronic-only statements and notices for nearly every entity in the known universe that wants to mail me something, and yet, it Keeps Coming. Day after day, Official-looking envelopes in the snail mail from banks and companies I have a legitimate relationship with, all looking like they might be Something Important that I really should open and read and take action on but I've stopped opening them because I'm Sick Of It. I have paper cuts from opening envelopes and pulling out stupid trifold pieces of paper that turn out to be Nothing.

The envelopes and papers just pile up in piles and when I Really need to find something Important I was supposedly sent, it's somewhere, in that pile ('cause I've given up on filing, too). Tonight, I can't find my W2 from work. I may have to ask for another one so I can do my damned taxes ( which I do online, btw), get a refund, and buy a new couch. Or possibly, a trip to L.A.

Electronic Age, my @ss.
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Feb. 14th, 2012 02:42 am (UTC)
good luck. I don't know where i put my W-2 either.
Feb. 14th, 2012 05:20 am (UTC)
Ah, we should form a self-help group. Absent-minded professors, anonymous.

Okay, that's your excuse. What's mine....
Feb. 15th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
hahhaha i blame the cat for knocking it somewhere
Feb. 15th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
That still leaves me without an excuse....
Feb. 15th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Feb. 14th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
Some? Just some? Want Some of mine?

It's possible I have become neurotic about this.
Feb. 14th, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)
"Electronic Age, my @ss."

Feb. 14th, 2012 05:16 am (UTC)
Too many words, actually. Trees are *dying* here, folks!
Feb. 14th, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
The IRS does not yet allow employers to send electronic w-2 forms to employees as their official w-2, as the legal obligation hinges on the postmark. However, employers now file the government's copy of your w-2 electronically, so that's some progress. Your w-2 form should say "tax information enclosed" on the outside of the envelope, and is most likely postmarked the last week in January, if that helps narrow down the search.

Also, it takes most payroll departments about 3 minutes to print you a new one, and it is (almost certainly -- there's a human factor, of course) technically possible to create a pdf version and email it to you, although you'll have to ask, I doubt they'll volunteer.

Good luck.

And I hear you on paperwork. My job is an endless mountain of it. Paperwork, math, doing math on paperwork, talking on the phone, and doing math over the phone. It's no wonder I often wonder if I'm dead and this is Hell.
Feb. 14th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
I work for a small company, and I have this distinct memory of, a couple weeks ago when it was not payday, getting an envelope handed to me at my desk by one of the admin staff. That had to be the W-2. I put it on the guest bed with all the Other Papers. Now... it has gone to the Black Hole of Paperdom.
Feb. 14th, 2012 08:38 am (UTC)
Being self-employed, I no longer have a W-2. On the other hand, being self-employed means hiring and paying an accountant to do your taxes for you because it's nigh-on impossible for ordinary folk to wade through the endless maze of tax law without risking not taking advantage of business-only aspects of the law, or-- even worse-- not paying something you do owe, and getting penalties over it later on.

Gosh, that was a long sentence. Kinda like tax law.

On the good side, so far my accountant has saved me more money than the cost to hire him. And he files almost everything electronically.

Feb. 14th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
I can do my taxes using TurboTax online's 1040. Don't actually have many assets other than my home requiring more complicated forms.

It goes fairly smoothly, ASSUMING I have my paperwork in order.
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