Though spring may seem delayed, tax season waits for no one. Today, many people frantically calculating and logging figures will be doing so for their adult children. As the Wall Street Journal reported, many parents take on this labor of love not even just for their college and young adult offspring but even for “children” nearing… 50. What’s more, many of these parents seem happy to do so. “We secretly like it,” said one father. “We would be very sad if a year came along and we were no longer doing them.”
The article prompted many on Twitter to share similar experiences.
This is basically a tribute to my dad for 15 years of impeccable tax work. I get a packet w pre-addressed envelopes (already stamped) and a note with instructions. It's always signed “Love, Dad.” I knew I wasn't the only one!!! https://t.co/bV9T3Y5cik
— Katie Bindley (@katiebindley) April 16, 2018
My dad at least checks it before I submit it, so I feel this.
— Sarah Swan (@SarahtheSwan) April 16, 2018
“Since then, he has been sitting with his daughter, teaching her. He’s confident she knows what she’s doing.
Ms. Bloom says she doesn’t know what she’s doing.”https://t.co/9U9C1RvvT9
— Ben Leubsdorf (@BenLeubsdorf) April 16, 2018
— Bridget Cusick (@BridgetCusick) April 16, 2018
No you’re not the only one….I gather all my tax docs and send them to my dad. I just can’t bring myself to deal with this tax stuff.
— Chris (@chrisd107) April 16, 2018
I’m 21 and my mom does my taxes for me. Why is that? Because the public school system failed to teach us #TaxDay
— Jasmine Ashley (@Jasmineeash) April 17, 2018
Others were not so sympathetic.
Lolz this is why my dad has never helped me with taxes https://t.co/wTEbihUOL2
— Pavithra S. Mohan (@pavsmo) April 16, 2018
On this tax day I'd just like to say, you are doing life wrong if:
1) Someone else is doing your taxes for you for free
2) You get to the part about charitable contributions and you have nothing to report https://t.co/xh9Zz6YT0E via @WSJ
— Eliza Ronalds-Hannon (@ElizaHannon) April 16, 2018
How are people like this? I don't get it. https://t.co/7buReqPLaM
— Christie Moffat (@christiemoffat) April 16, 2018
Do you do your own taxes? Some ppl let their parents still do them. Is this helpful, harmful or a non event? I’d rather train them and empower my kids to do their own work. #training #development #educatetrainempower https://t.co/Etz1TzcOJh
— Scott Cone (@ScottCone) April 16, 2018
Man, I need to send a memo to my parents. I've been doing my mom's taxes for the last 15 years. https://t.co/NieQp6xHWz
— Kathryn Lurie (@kathrynlurie) April 16, 2018
I realize every situation is different, but there’s got to be better ways to bond with your adult children than continuing to infantalize them so they can’t live as fully functioning independent adults. Potato, potatoe I guess.
— Jennifer Longo (@JenLiaLongo) April 17, 2018
Though it may be a somewhat divisive expression of love, sometimes nobody gets stuff done quite like Mom and Dad.
H/T: Wall Street Journal