Stress – Real or Imagined?

So the last week or so has been stressful. I’m not really sure why, and thankfully due to my medication, I’m not having panic attacks like I used to. However, I have to wonder how much stress is real and how much is imagined.

My tendency was always to obsess about every possible scenario that might possibly happen, assume the worst, and then try to plan for it. To some extent, it’s a smart way to plan. But not if it makes me have a stroke.

As you know from my past musings, we are having to pay back the unemployment that we’ve been paid the past few months. If you didn’t know that, go back a couple of posts. But that’s a big chunk of change, and of course, we already spent it on bills.

That introduces a cash flow problem. I still have all of the same bills to pay, but now Kansas wants several thousand dollars. And they want it now, they want it all at once, and they want it in large, non-sequential bills. Seriously, they want it all now.

Add to that April is coming up and IHS had a better year than expected, so i will also owe several thousand dollars to the IRS and frickin Kansas then, too.

That’s a LOT of cash to come up with between now and April 15th. And I have to do it without the unemployment Jenna still should have been getting through this October.

So basically, cash in has gone to zero, and cash out has gone to about ten thousand dollars.

I’m not imagining the circumstances. That is reality. But I am probably not helping the situation by making myself stroke out. It is what it is, and at the end of the day, the government can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip. They can’t have what I don’t have.

If that’s the case, then the worst thing that can happen is I get nasty threatening letters from the IRS.

How bad can that be?

  2 comments for “Stress – Real or Imagined?

  1. February 7, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    You can get a reasonable payment plan from the IRS — I’m going to owe taxes myself this year. Yeah, you get taxed on unemployment pay! As for the repayment of Jenna’s unemployment, I still think you guys should try suing (I know, easy for me to say!). They can piss and moan all they want but even if they sued you, you could still go to court and request a payment plan. 🙂

  2. February 7, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    There’s nothing reasonable about them forcing me to pay a tax on my income, even if they let me make it in installments.

    That said, you are right.

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