A Taxing Time In The Boonies….
There’s no good way to say this, so I’ll just come out and say it -> we’ve been doing taxes. It’s horrible I know, but this time of year for those of you within these borders, it’s a rather inevitable event. What this means is that Paul and moi have been stuck inside the RV slogging through reams of marginally comprehensible tax code in the futile attempt of getting our proper $$ to the government….wherever it is those $$ go. This doesn’t exactly make for great blogging, but it does explain why you haven’t heard from me for the past few days.
But there’s also an interesting twist to all this. For once, believe it or not, I’m not completely dismayed with my tax slog and there’s a few good reasons why.
First is that our mobile lifestyle has significantly simplified our income and taxes. Not only have our income sources narrowed significantly (it’s all investments these days), but going fulltime RVing has given us advantage of several tax benefits that we didn’t have before, the biggest being we no longer have to file a state form (yeah!). They’re not magic bullets and for those of you (like us) that have to file K-1’s (woe be to us all) you’ll still be buried in tax paperwork purgatory, but every little bit sure helps.
Second is that we have a beedin’ fabulous view. We’ve spent most of this Easter week back in the boonies at Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. This time around we opted to try out the Cieneguitas camp area, and we were once again rewarded with utterly stunning views and total, complete isolation. Being here, soaking in this natural beauty, bathing my soul in the wild, swaying grasslands for the princely sum of absolutely nothing, I’m actually rather content with my tax dollars. I wish I could chose where they all went, but this is one contribution I’m very, very happy to make…and working with a view like this is not too shabby…
Lastly I chose to be here. It may not seem like much of a thing for those of you living elsewhere, but I’ve chosen this place and this life. I would go one step further and say I’ve worked very hard to get here….from frugal living & saving money (since the day I started earning), getting debt-free, earning my green card (no easy task), snagging my soulmate (OK, a fair bit o’ luck involved in that one, although I did work for it too…maybe one day I’ll tell you that story :)) and ultimately changing our lives to a mobile lifestyle. If the price we pay is a yearly week of tax slog, well then so be it…
A very philosophical post I know, but then sometimes these taxing times make me rather introspective. We’ve got another few days of Turbotax to go, and one big city stop to stock-up and re-charge the rig, but then we’ll be right back out in the boonies to take advantage of our government-given dollars 🙂
Have a happy Easter everyone!