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Loose Ends: Dreaded job just needed right setting

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All it took was a dumb TV show, cold beer, my black pen.

Do you remember that old commercial with the young man looking at his first paycheck and bemoaning: "Who is FICA and why are they taking my money?"

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Well, that's how I felt last April after getting walloped with a tax-due shock.

I had to pay last year to be told I had to pay even more to the government. Talk about adding insult to injury.

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