The 1099 mystery
I had completed my 1099′s by hand. I had four people assist me with my work during 2011. I itemized my deductions by hand on paper, and added up all of the totals. I double checked my math to be safe. But, now my bookkeeper is doing everything all over again on a spreadsheet on the computer. I had sent Carmen a 1099 for a particular amount, but now, I realized that the amount was approximately $400 higher than what she made.. How would I tell her? This would cost her a lot!
But, the mystery unfolded. We split the list of paychecks into half and found the error to be on the bottom half. It was for $375.. Apparantly, the 375 on the list didn’t get added to the total. I have no explanation why. Thank god that I add numbers by hand, because my hand computations seem to be more reliable than computer computations! So, there is no saving time from now on. I have to check my hand computations with the computer, and check the computer with manual calculations! What a pain.
So, the good news is that Carmen will not be mad at me, and that I will be able to sleep at night!
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