The W-2 Stomach Flu

My annual W-2 form arrived today, an ugly reminder of how much of my income went straight from my employer to various governments without me seeing a penny of it.

Because of our latest adoption in 2005 and the resulting adoption and child tax credits, the federal government hasn’t been getting much from me in the form of income taxes. But thousands of dollars this year went toward Social Security and Medicare. The Commonwealth of Virginia got a similar chunk.

I’m not sure we’ll get a refund this year because we will exhaust the adoption credit. We may even owe money to either Uncle Sam or Aunt Virginia for the first time in years. So much for that tax rebate.

It’s enough to make a man sick.

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