Too taxing for me

October 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm 5 comments

I didn’t pay much attention to the news earlier this week from the HM Revenue and Customs. Yet again 1.2 million people had been found to have under paid their taxes. But approx 6 million would be receiving refunds of around £400. This is the second consecutive year that our HMRC has made these announcements. Last year Prodigal was a recipient of a refund having left full time work to go to University mid way through the 2009 tax year.

Having heard that this year there was to be a repeat my only thought was that knowing my luck I would be one of those who would receive the demand for more tax. I didn’t give it any further thought as I was still exhausted after my busy last few weeks.

The previous week had been extremely mentally tiring for me. My senior colleague was on a week ‘s annual leave which meant that I would be covering for him which is always very tiring for me. I find myself doing tasks that I only really perform in his absence. They are not difficult tasks however because I only do them a few times a year it takes me a while to get my bearings. Most of this extra work involves dealing with an external agency who think we have nothing else to do but pander to their demands……. as if!!

But this time things were going to be harder still as our line manager (I think that is the usual term these days) would only be in the office on and off as her husband had become seriously ill. She managed to come into the office for a few hours on Monday and Tuesday mornings but then the awful news came, her husband who she absolutely dotes on has lung cancer. Of course I am terribly sorry that he has this and I can only wish that it wasn’t so. He is still a relatively young man (mid 50s) never smoked and hardly drinks, lives for his daily sessions at the gym yet here he is seriously ill, without the promise of a future he deserves.

This meant that now I was having to cover for our boss too. I was having to take decisions that I would not normally have to make without having anyone more senior to turn to for confirmation. I was given a big quote to put together at very short notice which has the potential to bring in a lot of business…… pressure there then.(Apparently the customer liked my quote but only time will tell how much. Added to this the two of us who were left holding the fort suddenly found that our volume of work increased unexpectedly. We worked through our lunch breaks all week in an effort to keep up with the workload.

So by the time I drove to Eastbourne on Friday evening I was glad to get away. But that wasn’t the end for me. Mid afternoon a customer had called wanting a Rep to visit (his area Rep had retired in June with as yet no replacement). The temporary solution being that my boss would call on the customers who needed to see someone. But for the foreseeable future she is not going to be able to do this. As the customer in question was only a short  drive from where I was staying I agreed to visit him. This was a first for me. I have visited customers in a semi formal situation before but this would be to take a purchase order. I arrived at 10am and left at 12.20 with a 4 page order which I was very pleased with. (my boss was very grateful to me for doing this for her.)

I enjoyed the challenges of last week even though it was tiring. I have now volunteered to go out once a week for the next few weeks visiting customers. It will be a good experience for me and good to meet some of the people who I already deal with on the phone. I am not making life any easier for myself but I don’t see this as a negative.

I am one of those lucky  …..ok so it isn’t really luck……people to receive a tax refund. Apparently I over paid my tax in year 2005 -2006 and again in 2006 – 2007 and yet again in 2007 – 2008. Very silly of me really as I could have done with that money during those difficult early years after I divorced the other parent. Talk about timing, just when I really needed it the money came even if it will be next Friday before I can access it. It seems to me that whenever I am in desperate need of help it comes along at just the right time even without me asking for it.

I can only say that no matter how bad things get for me there is always a silver lining or a light at the end of the tunnel which ever you prefer.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tim  |  October 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    When I was employed I never minded extra work, as long as I didn’t feel I was being exploited – which it doesn’t sound as if you are. So enjoy the expansion of your experience (which it does sound as if you are).

    • 2. annajskye  |  October 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      Tim I have always felt that it is good to treat extra work as a challenge. It is all a part of personal growth to take on extra duties but I need to be able to demonstrate that I can also identify when too much is too much. I would be doing nobody any favours to take on more than I am able to cope with.

      At the moment with the support of my colleagues I believe I am able to cope. I am a great believer in trying new things, adding new skills to my achievements can only go in my favour.

      A few years ago a blog friend asked the question …..what is your proudest achievement that does not involve your children.

      At that time I could think of none, however in the last few years there have been several.

  • 3. Z  |  October 22, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I do hope the manager’s husband responds to treatment well and recovers. And it sounds as if you’ve held things together pretty impressively – you find out what you can do when you need to!

    And good to have the refund as a lump sum, you’d hardly have noticed a little each week at the time, now it’s enough to be worthwhile!

    • 4. annajskye  |  October 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      Z, I quite agree with you that you only find out what you are capable of when you are put in a situation where you can either sink or swim……..I am pleased to say that I always swim.

      I went through a time a few years ago when I got thoroughly fed up with being told how strong I am, how I have managed to get through everything I have. I could never understand why I was being called strong. I only did what I had to do, for me there was no other option, I don’t know how to not survive.

      Yes the money is better in a lump sum than it would have been in the minute amounts it would have been at the time. I can actually make this money count for something now.

  • 5. letouttoplay  |  October 24, 2011 at 12:38 am

    It’s an exhilarating feeling when everything happens at once and you cope with it – more than just coping in your case. And especially when it’s over and you end up gaining something lasting from it.
    And a tax windfall as well! Nice : )


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