My new accountant called today and told me my old accountant had made an error on my estimated tax for 2010.
He told me I owed a small fortune to the IRS by April 15th.
More than a lot of people make in a year.
So I asked myself how I want to feel about this bill.
I would like to love it. To be excited about it.
So what would I have to think to love it?
Here is what I came up with:
I love living in America: If I pay my taxes I can do whatever I want for a living.
I have the ability to pay this bill.
I love that I tell the truth to IRS and make an honest living.
I love that I am the kinda girl who makes enough money to have a big tax bill.
Most importantly, I love that this tax bill is my invitation to be more involved with my accountant on a regular basis. I can't count on them to be perfect or monitor my taxes. That's my job. It's part of being a grown up. It is what I am being called to do.
It's a call I am going to answer. I am going to listen and be a better business owner and a more conscious tax manager.
It is also a testament to who I already am as a money manager. Because I don't have debt and because I have an emergency fund and because I pay attention to my thoughts and my attitude about money-this won't affect my life negatively.
This same tax bill might bankrupt someone else. This unfortunate error could cause irreparable damage if I hadn't been paying as much attention as I do.
It makes me feel grateful. Thankful. Proud.
I am going to actively love this tax bill right up until the moment I pay it and after. I will love it because it feels better to love it than to hate it.
I want to feel good. And today, after getting my tax bill, I do.