I just have to vent for a moment and this seems like as good a place as any to do it. I just want to say what a PAIN IN THE $#%# it has been to pay my dang taxes! Firstly, I gave all my papers to my accountant in January. A couple of weeks ago he finally called me into his office and said "Ok, it's done, you have to pay it TODAY." Ok, it takes you months to do them but I have zero notice that I have to come up with thousands of pesos? So, that was complaint number one for me, I am screwed for money in an instant. Number two. I arrange to get said money, go to the bank to pay the taxes. I wait in line 20 minutes and present the teller with my papers. She says she can only do four transactions then I must get in line again. There are no signs ANYWHERE about this and I tell her it's only one transaction, just 13 receipts. I just want to pay the damned taxes. Ok, no arguing with the woman, I back down and figure I will stand in line four times to pay my freaking taxes. She does four of the receipts and back in line I get. I get to the next teller and she asks me for "la tarjeta". I say "cual tarjeta"? She says "LA tarjeta, la tarjeta!". Grrrr. Finally determine she wants some blue card from Hacienda that I do not have nor have I ever heard of it. She will not process my next four without them. I point out that the other teller did four for me, why is it different now? She says "Ok, I will do four but not the rest, you must get your tarjeta". Grumble, grumble, she does four more and I leave. Jorge takes the next morning off work to go to Hacienda for me and is told that the cards don't exist anymore and are not necessary!!! He goes to the bank to pay, they give him the same B.S. about only doing four at a time but he fights them and gets everything paid. Moving on.... My accountant then tells me that I need a clave de CIEC in order to file my taxes. At this point I am tired of freaking taxes, they are paid and what the hell else needs to be done? But who am I to fight, I say fine, I will go get my stinkin' clave. In the meantime I have submitted my FM3 for renewal so don't have my FM3 but do have my passport, birth certificate, driver's license and a few other pieces of ID. I went to Hacienda this morning and told them what I needed at reception. The receptionist said "Ok, did you bring ID?" Well I sure did, a whole pocketful and showed her my passport! I waited an HOUR to get invited in to get my clave. They ask for my ID, I give them my passport and they tell me that it is not OFFICAL ID! My passport is not considered official, she said, she really said that my passport only had value in Canada. Well kiss my arse, my passport is an international document that I don't even need within Canada! She will only accept an FM3 as ID. I am now really tired of all of it and leave and phone Jorge to bitch about it. He finds their website and discovers I can get my stinkin' clave online and didn't need to go through any of this nonsense. And why didn't the receptionist tell me that instead of making me wait a stinking hour? ARGH. I appreciate you reading my rant, perhaps it's just a little insight into how things here work/don't work sometimes. I think I am a little on edge because all this paperwork (and payments) are happening within a week or two so I am stressed, please don't read this as a "wish I were back in Canada" or an "I hate Mexico" rant, it's strictly complaints about my personal experience in paying my taxes. You would think that would be the one thing they could make easy, no?