The Sunday Gathering – Weird week edition

By glblguy


Well, this was a weird week for me. I really struggled with not publishing articles on my normal daily schedule. Everyday I didn’t publish an article, I had this nagging feeling that I forgot to do something. Just goes to show that if you do something long enough, it becomes habit. Ever since July 2nd 2007, I’ve written an article everyday for Gather Little by Little. As of the time of this article, 621 articles! Wow.

On a positive note, I was able to spend some time getting caught up on my blog consulting and blog coaching client work. I’m very excited about what I’m doing, and a couple of sites I’m building with Thesis is going to really knock some people’s socks off and show just how powerful the Thesis theme really is. If you haven’t seen the demo, head over and check it out.

Speaking of Thesis, if you’ve been considering purchasing it for your blog, you might want to buy now. There is a pretty credible rumor floating around on Twitter that Chris Pearson will be increasing the cost of Thesis very very soon.

A new writer

A new writer will be working with me here on Gather Little by Little. I can’t announce any details just yet, but wanted to make you aware. God definitely had a hand in this one  as the new writer was looking for an opportunity right at the same time I was looking for a writer. The new writer is a Christian and shares many of my same beliefs about personal finance. I’m looking forward to it.

I’ll announce some more details very soon!

NC State tax audits

Also weird this week, was my receipt of a letter from the audit division of the NC Department of Revenue. It would seem anybody having more than 4 dependents is subject to a mandatory audit of their dependents. This means that until I get them the required documentation, I don’t get my refund. I did call, and was assured that I was one of many. I’ll tell you, nothing like receiving a letter from the audit department to get your heart rate up. Documentation they are asking for includes:

  • Copy of my federal tax return
  • Copies of all my children’s birth certificates
  • Copies of their social security cards
  • Various letters making statements that they are all my children, live in the same house, etc, etc.

Fortunately, my income tax return is small, so no big deal…just a hassle.

Carnivals this week

I participated in the following carnivals this week:

Thanks to the hosts for taking the time to host the carnivals and for including my articles!

The Gathering

Here are my favorite personal finance articles this week from the M-Network and other blogs on my blogroll:

Photo by: elvis_payne

3 Responses (including trackbacks) to “The Sunday Gathering – Weird week edition”

  1. Laurie Says:

    Wow. That really sounds like discrimination against large families to me. So people with > 3 kids are more likely to lie? Things like this just incense me!

  2. Gina Says:

    Didn’t you move from a city in NC (Charlotte) to another town in NC? Was this the 1st time they “read” your tax return? You’ve had 6 kids for a while now. How often do they do these audits? Those workers must have a lot of time on their hands.

    @ Laurie – there are a lot of forms of discrimination that are legal. This one probably has more to do with immigration than being against large families. There is a county ordinance where I live that “no more than 2 people can live in a 2 bedroom apt”. Translation … a couple w/ONE child (or more) has to get an “ok” from the county to rent an apartment.

  3. glblguy Says:

    @Gina – Yes we did and no not the first time. I’ve claimed 6 kids for 2 years now. What I was told is just one time and due to the number of people trying to take advantage of the child tax credits.