Thursday, November 13, 2008

Attempts at Audit Survival

Years ago, the first time an envelope arrived with a return address from the IRS, I panicked- turned out to be estimated tax payment vouchers. I learned to stop panicking because they kept sending me innocuous information letters, vouchers, etc. So when yet another nondescript letter from the IRS arrived two weeks ago, I didn't even open it. There it sat on my desk for a few days, unopened without any air of urgency.

Let's call it my October surprise (yay that there was none for the election this year- whew!), but yes, when I finally got to that letter on very last day of October, I was pretty damn shocked. It stated that I had been selected for an IRS examination. Yes kiddies, that meant the most dreaded thing ever, an audit (cue in screams & shrieking banshees). Not particularly surprised considering how bad the economy is, makes sense that the government is trying to find money wherever they can. Those of us who are self-employed are at much higher risks for audits. Well, I paid a lot of freaking taxes for the year that I am being audited- they are going to be sorry that they picked me because I have decided that the IRS will probably end up owing me money when that audit comes in four weeks. Paws crossed!

How am I preparing for my audit? After calling my accountant in a state of sheer distress and then digging up paperwork from 2yrs ago, it was time to sort through and basically recreate my financial life for 2006. With some sage advice from Fcat (who went through this yrs ago), "Focus, be methodical, not emotional." (oh that was good!), I was ready to get to it.

Well, I would have been ready if I wasn't in the midst of a hellish shoot where I was still frantically casting for models and about to start a huge casting on another big project shooting soon. Not good to be audited, but much worse when you are completely swamped...

So after ordering a 2006 moleskine date book from Ebay, because I should have been keeping a business journal all this to ashtanga for some balance. Stress affects your body in unimaginable ways, I was so tightly wound & off balance- it was as if I had never practiced yoga before, but I was able to get through the grueling feel-good class. Next stop had to be Whole Foods...where vegan goodies, stress-relief mist, sandalwood oil for centering and a vial of Hornbeam from Bach's Original Flower Essences awaited- this stuff is fascinating.

There are 38 Bach Flower Essences and all are quite specific. The Hornbeam label reads:
"Restores energy when you are mentally weary, procrastinate and doubt your ability to face the task ahead." Hey, that's me with audit & work! Bach's Rescue Remedy was a life-saver for both Booboo & I during the move, so there's no doubt the flower essences work. I've been taking the Hornbeam daily and seems to be working.
Here are my audit necessities:
I love me some vegan rugelach.
And since I am officially stressed, I have allowed myself a little too much vegan junk my new fave, Kettle Death Valley Chipotle Chips and glazed blueberry donut holes from Nutrilicious, also available at Whole Foods- love that big Vegan sign where the vegan desserts are!
Let's see yummy delicious catering at the shoots not quite hitting the spot since it wasn't so veg friendly this time called for my lovely assistant to run downstairs to Two Boots Pizza for their vegan "Earth Mother" slice- yummy garlicky saucey slice on sicilian crust without any cheese. It's really good despite the bad pic.

It hasn't been a junk fest everyday, I did make some swiss chard ala V'Con in peanut oil & sesame that was extremely tasty with quinoa, Field Roast apple sage sausages & roasted butternut squash.
How about something not junk but still comforting like swiss chard & pinenuts pasta- so to get those carbs in.
Exciting things besides nasty audit letters come through the mail too, like my order of V-Pure Omega 3's- the only veg omega 3's with both DHA & EPA. It was back ordered on Vegan Essentials and the other online veg shop sites, so I bought direct from the source Water4Life
not thrilled about the shipping from overseas part, but started taking it the other day and waiting to see if I feel any differently.
Lastly, everyone should take on more than they can chew- in the midst of the crazy work project and audit, there are the strays that live down the block from us in a lot that I worry about on a saily basis. They are young cats and my bff has decided to rescue one and hopefully, with a whole lot of coaxing, Fcat & I will also welcome a rescued Booboo friend. The cutest thing is that the two that are the friendliest are apparently best-friends and my bff & I had spoken of them separately & had no idea that they were best-friends. Will try to get better pics and wish us luck that we catch them soon!
Okay, forging ahead and back to audit prep. Hope everyone is well and will try to visit blogs when I take a breather!


Vegyogini said...

GOOD LUCK! I know you'll get through this and, when you do, you'll feel greatly relieved. In the meantime, it seems as though you're doing everything in your power to keep balanced.

Andréa N. said...

Good luck! You'll be fine. We're all crossing paws here.

tofufreak said...

good luck with the audit! that does not sounds like fun at all D':

(love the junk food! :) shhhhh..)

thepreppyvegan said...

will you please come cook for me someday? :)
good luck with that audit -- just give them some vegan rugelach

Bianca said...

Oh shit! I'm glad the Bach's is working for you...I know it did WONDERS for my kitties (thanks to you!!!).

And honestly, those vegan donut holes could cure any stress, I'm sure. I love those things! They're like $5 at the Whole Foods here and I keep talking myself out of buying them...but I do love them. I ordered some from Food Fight a couple years ago.

VeggieGirl said...

Best of luck, Vko!!!!

Oh man, I NEEEEED that vegan rugelach - holy yum :-)

the little one said...

At least all the stress led to such yummy treats! Best of luck with the audit.

Urban Vegan said...

I am so sorry about your audit. Hopefully, it is all past you now. I am sending good vibes and hugs your way. Those Bach Flower remedies have saved my life (and the kitties', too) many a time.

I owe you a very long email. I've been swamped--my cookbook is going to be published next fall and I have a crazy Feb deadline.

Hope to see you soon, chica. XO

Rural Vegan said...

Good luck with your audit, what a nightmare! I've had a lot of success with Bach Flower remedies in various pets, good stuff! And thank you for caring for those kitties!

B36Kitchen said...

Sorry to hear about the audit. Good luck and I hope they owe you money instead of the other way around!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Oh my word! I am so sorry you're being audited. I have a makeup artist friend who went through it as well. I hope it all pans out!
I almost bought those rugelach the other day, but didn't know if they were any good.
Those kitties look related!

roseofbohemia said...

Hi! I'm not vegan, but I just wanted to say you have a great blog. I like vegetarian NYC restaurants and I used to work in fashion so I have a slight interest in "chicness"...haha. Anyway, good luck with the audit! My parents are small business owners so I know they're a hassle, but I'm sure you'll be fine.

p.s. I LOVE molskines too (and rugelach...but I've never seen/tried the vegan version).

Vivacious Vegan said...

Oh my goodness! I worry about an IRS audit all the time. Not that we've done anything wrong but our taxes have been tricky and complicated and I just worry that we (or our accountant) may have made mistakes. Good luck!

I really hope you catch those kitties. They're adorable and sure could use a warm place during the winter.

Des said...

Hi, I was just reading your blog and was wondering if you'd falt any difference taking the v-pure oils? I was thinking of buying some but I'm not sure if it's worth it.


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