Laboring in the obscurity he so richly deserves for over a decade now, your crusty correspondent sporadically offers his views on family, law, politics and money. Nothing herein should be taken too seriously: If you look closely, you can almost see the twinkle in Curmudgeon's eye. Or is that a cataract?
Thursday, December 31, 2009
The true problem with self-employment - illustrated
(From the comic Pardon My Planet. This image taken from the Houston Chronicle website, though I read the feature regularly in the Chicago Sun-Times.)
Although I am self-employed, every year I am required to pay an unemployment tax -- and, every year, I ask my accountant if I can fire myself because I have become entirely dissatisfied with my performance. Then I ask if I can lay myself off and collect unemployment (after all, I have paid the tax) because business hasn't been as good as I'd like.
And, every year, my accountant says I can't do either. Then he laughs.
Why not? He's charging for his time listening to my lame joke.