I wrote this as I was waiting for my two previous years taxes to get done. Can you believe this? I forgot to do my taxes! To my defense, this kinda happened through my previous employers HR department massive lossage.
What happened was that my given salary was X, but with things like extra for standby and overtime, my actual taxable income would reliably be something like 80% higher. That sounded nice, until I found out that the amount that they kept aside for the taxes was based on X rather than X * 1.8! Also, when I asked them to retain money for RRSPs (Canada's equivalent of 401k I think), which would save me taxes, they told me it was okay without actually doing it. ARGH!
But it doesn't make me less of an irresponsible person.