For those of you who aren’t working yet, this is how it feels to pay tax: It’s basically like buying a delicious pie from the tuck shop and then someone gross asks for a bite of it.

As if that’s not bad enough, every year you have to do this little thing called E-filing.

E-filing is kak and cool at the same time – it’s kak because of the admin, but it’s cool because you sometimes get (your own) money back.

E-filing is supposed to be super straightforward and user-friendly, and it is…Once you’ve jumped through 3 fire hoops and break-danced with a bear.

Every year I have the same issues with it, and after doing a Twitter search I saw that I’m not the only one. So I decided to do a round-up of the most annoying things about e-filing.

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1. Your ridiculous automated login name

Login name: Whattheactualfuck102048403084839202

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I honestly hate automated login names – just let me be great and choose my own name, please.

2. Remembering your password

Okay, fine. I chose my own password, but it doesn’t mean that I can remember it after 365 days of not using it.

Oh, you have an option to reset your password? That’s great!

Wait, I have to fill in security questions?

    What’s your favourite radio station? I hate the radio.
    What’s your favourite car make? Lol.
    What’s your favourite hobby? Sleeping.

Your answers don’t match the existing information.

I DON’T KNOW ANYMORE. I’M NOT THE SAME PERSON I WAS LAST YEAR.

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3. Updating Adobe

Sorry, you can’t fill in your IRP before updating Adobe.

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4. Updating Adobe Again

Nope. Still not updated.

WHY, SATAN?

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5. Updating Adobe A Third Time

I SWEAR I AM GOING TO DRIVE TO SARS AND DROPKICK THE NEAREST PERSON IF THIS DOESN’T – oh, it’s working now.

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6. Is a minus a good or bad thing?

We managed to clone sheep, go to the moon and put Internet lines at the bottom of the ocean, but we couldn’t manage to keep the meaning of negatives and positives universal.

After submitting your form you will either see a plus sign next to a mystery amount, or a minus. Confusingly, a plus actually means you owe SARS money. (Fok.)

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A minus means YOU OWE NOTHING, JOHN SNOW!

In fact, it actually means that you’re getting money back! WHADUUUUUP!!

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