This was supposed to be "Happy News".
But it's not.
Just now I went to pay my 2017 1040-ES quarterly estimated tax. This because I've gotten paid in the first quarter of this year.
But the IRS requires that I use information from a previous return to verify my identity. It allows one to use a tax year all the way back to 2011.
The last time I filed was for 2002. Either I was in Canada, or I did not make enough money to have to file, or I just flaked. The IRS never came after me about it as I think I was passing up some refunds.
They don't have an "I didn't file" option.
I guess I can file using the paper form, but that means I have to deal with getting a blank check from a credit union teller. This because I have the free "checking" account which does not include checks. I'll have to go to the credit union tomorrow on the way to work.
And it means I have to deal with printing the voucher at work, this because my printer has some clogged inkjet spurters.
And it means I'll have to go to the post office, this because someone occasionally steals the mail from my mailbox.
Maybe I just won't file.
Or maybe I'll file late.