Thursday, March 30, 2006

Taxing

10 comments:

meresy_g said...

It will be over soon. Just keep plugging away. You should consider paying someone next year. It just is so much less stressful and is totally worth the money.

so said...

Ugh...hang in there...I've still got mine to do. As for paying someone, be careful and read the fine print of anything you sign. There are issues associated with tax preparers selling clients' personal information. That fine print could mean you agreed to let them sell your details.

Wayne said...

We have one of these trees too. I've been trying to figure out why it is so scarred and/or tumorous. Do you know what species yours is?

This weekend is our taxes weekend. Fortunately we've been keeping great records, nonetheless we're not looking forward to it and you're going to be done while we're sweating!

Sonia said...

Very impressive tree. Beautiful photo!

Rurality said...

Well I've broken my glasses, so taxes and everything else has been put on hold for a while... probably no new posts til the new glasses either.

No idea on what kind of tree it is... or why it looks like that! If I go that way again when it has leaves I'll try to figure it out.

Oh and I do keep good records... I just don't tend to organize them very well at all!

Ron Sullivan said...

I don't know what kind of tree it is either, except that it's deciduous and most likely broadleaf. But those scars are placed where it put out branches -- little ones, like the one poking out on the right -- and shed them. Trees shed branches that get don't get light, the ones at the bottom or way inside the canopy.

Those rings of scabby bark are remnants of the outside part of the compartmentalization apparatus of the tree, which is what trees use to recover from wounds. (Trees don't heal; they compartmentalize, that is, they wall off infection -- fungi and other such organisms that invade opened interior/cambium tissue.)

When you look at where a branch enters a bigger branch or trunk, you'll usually see a sort of turtleneck swelling, that bark branch collar. When you cut a branch off a tree, leave the collar on, don't cut it flush. Don't leave a stub either, as that gives infection a headstart and sometimes the tree can't wall it off fast enough. Basically, it's a stub if it's big enough to hang your hat on.

And that's today's pruning lesson. (Bows)

HALLEYVILLE said...

You pay either way to do taxes...Stress is not cheap...
Pay to have them done...Even when broke you'll have a better return.
Proof: I did my own then compared the pro.....I had figured $2359.00 return she figured 6783.00!!! Her fee in 1989 $230.00... I was able to pay car off and have leftover funds. Find a private preparer...they rarely sell the info as they want to have you for years to come...Pack up the info drop it off...go have lunch and relax....

Rachel said...

Lovely tree!

JLLove said...

Pay the expert. I use a CPA. Ever since working outside of the country it's been way more work than I wanted to do.

Rurality said...

Ron thanks for that info! I had no idea about the compartmentalization.

Well my glasses are fixed so I guess I should get back to paperwork. :(