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renniekins
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Tax Time
I was sitting at work today, and I mused out loud, "I need to do my taxes." I glanced at two nearby coworkers. "Have you done yours yet?"

They both looked a bit horrified. "Yes.... in January! What have you been doing?? You do know they need to be postmarked tomorrow, don't you?"

"No actually I heard we have until monday, since the 15th is on a saturday. But don't worry, I'll have them done tomorrow. I'm not going to wait until the last minute or anything."

Last night, it was my tax-dude friend brendand who told me I didn't have to have them postmarked until monday. This was after he biffed me in the ear for not having them started yet.

I have to admit, my eyes widened a bit in worry. "Ohhh, you shouldn't have told me that! I was all set to have them completed by friday, but now I'll have an excuse to procrastinate more. I'll just pretend I didn't hear that."

I'll be fine; I'm not going to wait for the weekend, even if I have tons of time. I've started them already, and it's only 9:12pm on April 13th. I'll have them completed by tomorrow.

I explained to my friends last night that I felt I had made excellent progress. Not only did I consolidate all of my tax "stuff" into a pile several weeks ago, just tuesday I moved the pile to sit next to my computer. Actually, it was on my desk chair. So I wouldn't be able to sit at my desk without noticing it. I hadn't actually installed my TaxCut CD yet, but it was there on the chair, very near the CD drive.

A bit later in the conversation, B started ranting about customers at work. "They have really complicated tax events, they wait until the last minute, and then they expect us to work miracles. At the last minute!"

I exploded defensively, "I put the CD right next to the computer!"

Everybody got a good chuckle out of that, which was precisely what I was hoping for. This may be somewhat near the last minute, but I'm not especially concerned.

After all my taxes are pretty simple this year. Plus, B was kind enough to reassure me that his office is open on sunday. So if things get desperate, if I find myself totally lost, I have someone who can help. He even told me to be sure I fill in my car registration, and where to put it!

[Update, shortly after midnight: Finished and e-filed. I think I even got all the stuff right. I still have paperworky stuff to complete, but at least the important parts are now winging their way to the IRS.]
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devnul From: devnul Date: April 14th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Nyah-nyah, we get another day!

Due to the Patriots Day holiday, residents of Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and the District of Columbia will have until Tuesday, April 18.

Woo-hoo! Although, I did mine back in February and had the refund spent within 3 days. :)
mark_everson From: mark_everson Date: April 14th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm a fellow tax procrastinator. I know that I should put my fate in the hands of a higher power (H&R Block) but it seems like more of a hassle than actually Doing them. Last weekend we got our big Christmas wreath put away, so I'm primed for more dramatic procastination-remediation action!

I not only have organized my paperwork, but have filled out Two of the tax forms already. (Schedules C and A) Take That! :) Puts me about 1/3 of the way through. I'm not concerned about being late either. Still plenty of time. Tax yourself in a way that's fun!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: April 14th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Do them NOW! Use taxact.com online - it's totally free unless you decide you want the additional advice which you really don't need and you don't have to install any software, I've used it for 5 years.

https://www.taxactonline.com/s_online_tax2005/introduction/intro_index.asp

Your free advice from a CPA.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 14th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, I'll have to look at that more closely next year. This year I went ahead and used TaxCut again as planned, been using that for a few years now so I know how it works.

But at least they're done and filed now....yay!
johnridley From: johnridley Date: April 14th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
We like to get our interest-free loan that we gave to the government back ASAP. We're always done by mid-February. If we owe money we won't file until mid-April, but that's rare. We always try to shave as close to zero as possible, but it's difficult with the pay structure at work.

Of course, our return is pretty simple, after bringing last year's data forward, it's basically just updating a couple of dozen numbers and hitting "print". I run it by a friend at work (easy for me to say, since I work with a couple of hundred CPAs). Sometimes he moves a number here or there and adds $50 or $100 to the refund, but not too much for the last few years since it's settled down.

It doesn't take any longer to do now than back then, and the sooner I do it the quicker I get my money away from those who would do evil with it.
From: bloggingchick Date: April 14th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just finished mine. Now to get them into the envelopes & mailed off...

Eh, I'll drop 'em off tomorrow.
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