Surviving Tax Time: Procrastination is Your Worst Enemy

It’s April 14. You think you probably should get your tax stuff together pretty soon. So, you work late into the night gathering receipts, pawing through stacks of paper, and digging under the seat of your car until finally you’ve got everything you need. Off you go on your lunch break on April 15 to get your return prepared. Your tax preparer, who has been working at a feverish pitch for weeks, has deep circles under her eyes, her hands are shaking from lack of sleep and too much caffeine, and you notice a small stream of drool running down her chin. “Oh look,” she exclaims laughing maniacally, “Another return!” And you think to yourself, “What’s her problem?”

You, my procrastinating friend, are her problem. Now she’s got to frantically race around trying to keep you out of trouble because you didn’t have the courtesy or forethought to be prepared well ahead of the deadline. And then she’ll have to listen to you whine because now all of a sudden you have to come up with thousands of dollars that you didn’t know you owed.

Do yourself a favor; get your return done early. If you owe money, you don’t have to send it until April 15. At least you’ll know that your return was prepared by a tax preparer who wasn’t fatigued, you’ll know ahead of time what you owe, and you’ll have it off your mind so you can focus on other important things.

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