Client story #1

I had a senior citizen lady client. She left her 2005 and 2006 tax returns for me to do last April 2007. I've done everything, all she has to do was to come and sign the papers and pay for our fees. But she never came. And so after my contract last year, I just left her file with my supervisor who is working the whole year.

Yesterday, her pending files were given back to me. It is still pending. So I called her and told her that she should file her taxes to avoid further penalties and interest. She came in today.

She told me she went through a very difficult time with her husband's passing in 2005... and has been left with debts and medical bills that she was forced to go into bankruptcy. She lost everything including her house. Her only son threw her out of his house too.

It has been very difficult for me to deal with her as I don't know how to console her or make her debts with Canada Revenue Agency [CRA] go away. She couldn't even afford to pay me for my bills as she claims she is only getting $600+ a month from the government. She has to drove all the way from Black Diamond to Calgary [approximately 1 hour drive] just to see me, only to hear some bad news that she owes CRA more than $2400+ for those 2 years tax return.

She left feeling sad and me feeling helpless. I told my supervisor the story after and it made me teary-eyed. My supervisor made a few suggestions to me so I called the lady and ask her to come back to the office so she can talk to my supervisor. She did.

She's old and she's all alone! I don't want to grow old and alone... so the least that I can do for her is to do her taxes for free. It's a good thing I have employee discount that I can apply for her. But even after doing this, how come I still have a heavy heart?

I don't know the story between her and her son. But as a parent, we should and can always forgive the mistakes of our children, that's our role. But as a son/daughter, isn't it also our role to forgive the mistakes of our parents and take care of them like they took care of us when we were little and a brat?

13 comments:

evi said...

what an ungrateful son. i think she should apply for interest relief and if indeed she applied for bankruptcy, cra should be aware of this.

tin said...

we don't know the whole story but if there really is no reason for the old lady to be alone and bankrupt at this point then i don't know how the son can sleep at night.

good for you for doing work for free. you'll be blessed back i'm sure.

vernaloo said...

awwww.you did your best Jo...I know she's grateful for your assistance. I don't know the story between her and her son so it's hard to judge but I hope things will change...

duke said...

it's wretched to hear her story. I do hope things fall into place for her...

MrsPartyGirl said...

nakaka-sad naman :( you're so nice to do everything you can to ease her burdens. i hope things turn around for her.

Tani said...

You have a big heart, Jo. In my line of work, sometimes I have to be cold-hearted and turn a blind eye on needy patients. Otherwise, not only would my emotions be drained, but also my wallet. I agree though that it's unthinkable for us to throw our parents especially our mothers out of the house. They didn't throw us out of their wombs. They deserve our love and respect.

Leah said...

It is hard to comprehend how children can be so mean to their parents esp for our culture. It is just not right. We can only do so much and I think you've done what you can.

JO said...

Thank you all for your comments!

I've had many encounter with unfortunate people... but this one touches my heart a different way... I don't know why.

Sorry if I haven't been visiting your blogs... I've been really busy these week.

HiPnCooLMoMMa said...

you have a good heart Jo and I admire you for that.

I can't quite figure too kung bakit may mga anak na ganun...pero ika nga ng matatanda, ang anak nakakalimot but never ang magulang.

Junnie said...

God bless you Jo!

You became her daughter at least for this difficult part of her life. That is true compassion, caring and Christian love to the hilt - and using our vocation and work to do it!

Kahangahanga!

JO said...

Hi Girlie,
That's true! Nakalimutan ko na ang kasabihan na yan. Thanks for reminding me!

Hi Junnie,
Thanks! I wish there is something more I could do...

Analyse said...

ive seen a similar story here on tv and i couldn't even imagine how these children could do that to their parents.. but well, that just shows how family-oriented we are i think..

MommyBa said...

You did what you had to do - not just as a person who does taxes but also as a Christian. I just hope that the son will come to his senses soon. This is really a sad story. :(