I’ve been checking my mailbox eagerly every day since I filed my taxes because this year I’m getting a return of $1,280. I haven’t gotten a return since I lived abroad. But I’m getting one this year because of the unpaid internship I did for three months in New York.
Today I found the letter from the Canada Revenue Agency in my mailbox. When I opened it I couldn’t find the cheque. Instead there was a piece of paper that said,
“Tear off here and return the lower portion with your payment.”
I read the text that I had initially skipped, “This notice explains the results of our reassessment of your income tax return… Blah, blah,blah… We have adjusted your return… blah, blah… You owe us $2,168.76”
I do what?
My heart sank. I had so many plans. I was either going to buy a really nice couch, or frame these prints or maybe get some new shirts. Hmm. A new shirt. That would’ve been so sweet. I would’ve got one with a breast pocket.