It’s April 15th. Are your taxes done? In celebration of the end of tax season, I’d like to offer a somewhat humorous look at what I went through to do my taxes this year. I might have exaggerated a little. But just a little. Ready? Here we go!
1. Gather up the necessary papers. Since I’m self-employed there are a lot of them. Usually I know exactly where they are. Unfortunately we moved this year, and my record keeping was a mess. I find most of them.
2. Sign up for Turbo Tax. Start the self-employment section. Realize that I don’t have the necessary paperwork. Skip to the W-2 section for my husband’s employment. Realize that he doesn’t have all his paperwork either. Give hubby a frantic phone call.
3. Hunt for more paperwork. It must be here somewhere. Find it in the bottom of my sock drawer. Rejoice.
4. Pour myself a strong cup of coffee. It was that or beer, and I don’t drink. Tempting, though. I’m going to need all the help I can get.
5. Take a short break to hang out on Twitter. 15 minutes. Tops.
6. Look at my watch. It’s been an hour. I guess I need to get off Twitter and start in on the taxes. Slog through the employment section. Realize I’m missing the paperwork for buying the house. Bang head on my computer a few times.
7. Find the disk with the files pertaining to the house. Except for one paper that I need from the company that holds our loan. Go to the bank website. Realize I forgot my password. Spend an hour trying to reset it.
8. Fill out the home ownership section of my taxes. Rejoice again as I see the amount owed for federal taxes turn into a fat refund.
9. Start in on state taxes. Cry as I realize I”m going to owe. A lot. I guess I should have paid estimated taxes to the state.
10. Double check my work and e-file. As usual, I wait for the federal refund before paying the state. Make a thousand promises to myself on how I will be more organized for next year.
Bonus step #11. Take an Advil for the headache I now have. Thank the Lord that we have money to pay our taxes, that my husband is gainfully employed, and that we live in a country that provides us with so many freedoms. Realize that doing my taxes isn’t that bad, when I consider how blessed we really are.
Doesn’t that make you want to prepare your own taxes? It’s not that hard!
Have you filed your taxes yet? Are you glad to have them done? Any headaches along the way?
Photo by Nathan.Kauffman.