The taxman came and left

I'm going to break my blogging rules and post a second entry in one day today.

The MN state taxman came to Rob's house, asked many questions, and left.

As I said earlier today, they are auditing the last three years of my MN taxes.

I was truly amazed that the bulk of the questions were intended to determine my "intent" as an artist and entrepreneur.

It seemed novelistic; a perfect scene for the "Sidney" series, book four.

I sat there answering questions like, "How long have you been doing this activity?"

I said, "You mean the songwriting and singing?"

He said, "Yes. We're trying to determine what level of expertise and commitment you have and what ability you have to make this a business that makes a profit consistently."

So there I was talking to the taxman about how my grandmother gave me a guitar for Christmas when I was eight, how I wrote a song and played it for my church choir director when I was ten. How my choir director invited me to perform my song at one of the first "acoustic services" at the big Lutheran Church in Chicago in 1971.

My life played out before my eyes today. Everything I've ever done, every effort I've ever made. 

The taxman may end up telling me I can't declare all the expenses for my touring and making of records.

I could owe more than $!00,000 in back taxes if they decide this is my hobby.

He asked me how much time each day I devote to the activity of being an artist.

I said twenty-four-seven.

He smiled and said, "I'm actually going to write that down. I think that's probably true about you."

We'll see what they decide. 

But no matter what they decide, the State Of Minnesota gave me a great gift today.

I got to try to prove that what I'm doing isn't a folly.

I discovered in the process that I'm proud of what I've done, I'm proud of who I am.

I saw myself in the taxman's eyes and I love what I see.


Josephine Lane May 10, 2018 @10:27 am
I'm proud of you too Courtney. I admire your commitment.
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