I have a home hobby business which I really enjoy. I’m never going to get rich doing it. Goodness, it doesn’t even turn a profit! What it does do is generate enough sales so that I have to pay state sales tax. Not enough though to have to pay the state more than once a year. So, every year in the first two weeks of January, I’m trying to remember how to navigate the online sales tax reporting and payment system.
Now, don’tcha know that when you only do something once a year it’s hard to remember just how to do it? Wouldn’t it make sense for me to write down some important information like my online account username and password? Apparently, that would be just too easy because today I could not, for the life of me, remember how to get into my account. Oh my word. I had it on my schedule to do it today and by cracky, I was going to do it today. You see, I really do worry about missing deadlines and the possibility of having to pay a penalty. May as well flush money down the…well, you know what I mean.
So here I am trying every possible username I could think of. I’m looking in every possible computer file and hard copy file. If I could get the username right I could reset the password. But noooo! Not gonna happen. So I went to the “Help” page. The online help didn’t have anything about this. The phone help wasn’t open today.
I wasted, er… worked about two hours trying everything I could think of. Then it hit me. See if it will let me log in as a new user. Of course, that could make a bigger mess, but I was determined.
Long story short…it worked! I got into my account and, in less time than it took me to think of a new password, I had the return submitted and the payment sent. Yay! I’m good for another year!
Lesson learned? Of course, it’s to write this stuff down, keep it in a safe place, and for heaven’s sake don’t rely on my older-than-dirt memory! Oh, and thank the Lord that my hubby John does our personal taxes!