I am not usually a procrastinator. Most days I have a To Do list and all the tasks are prioritized so I know which things I need to focus on first. And I’m really careful to save all of our medical bills, prescription receipts, dentist bills, donation receipts, and any other bits and pieces of paper that document our life in numbers.
The problem comes when other stuff prevents me from getting to this IRS project until the last minute. Not to mention that I just really don’t WANT to spend my time filling out the electronic forms, sorting all those little bits and pieces of paper into tidy piles, or calculating how much mortgage interest we paid last year.
So, actually income taxes are definitely NOT one of my favorite things . . . . until they are finished! And today our 2015 income taxes are almost finished and I can now move on to other projects. I know that I could have, and should have, started sooner, but there were just way too many other things calling my name and pulling me in lots of different directions. I realize I am probably the only person who has ever left the IRS project to the last minute, but at least it is finished so it is now one of my favorite things!
The first thing I had to do was pull out all of the file folders that I had been using all year to stuff those receipts into, to get them off of the table. Then the fun began! I had to sort through all of those piles and piles of random papers, some big and some little, and put them together by category. A few staples, and several paper clips later, I had them organized, but that’s when that task got rather overwhelming.
I’ve done our tax preparation on my own a few times, but most recently we took all of that stuff to an accountant. But that costs a couple hundred dollars (and I’m sure it is really worth that much and more, but I didn’t want to spend the money . . . so I invested the time instead). Then, I got started entering all those numbers, adding up the columns, and trying to figure out where to find the mortgage interest payments, the property tax information, and all of the different categories for medical expenses. And a bunch of other stuff.
Now it is almost finished, and I have a headache. Tomorrow I need to call the mortgage company and see if they can help be decipher what all of the lingo is on our escrow account, and then, I think I can send the whole thing through. Then wait. We are getting a refund, not a huge amount, but it will be enough to help get us caught up on a few things that have been rather neglected over the months of moving, holidays, and winter sickness.
Now that I’m healthy again, spring has arrived (sunshine and warm weather predicted for the weekend!), and I have the taxes just about finished, I feel like a new woman! Hope you got your taxes finished so you can enjoy this beautiful month of April. Please join us this week for the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . . . I’ll try to stop by and visit you this next week.
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