Tax time…

Tax time…

Well, that was exciting. I confess I am a procrastinator, to the core. But with the grace of God, I am really trying to change that aspect of myself (more on that later.)

Procrastination has caused numerous late arrivals, missed appointments, missed opportunities and cost me millions of dollars in library fines. And don’t get me started on late movies to Blockbuster…I like their “new” rental procedure…much friendlier to the procrastinator in me.

One thing, however, I have not habitually put off is tax preparation and filing. Historically I complete our taxes and send them on their way by the end of February, but not this year. I joined the millions of other procrastinators around the country and literally waited until the last minute. I actually delayed tax prep for a reason, I guess. My dearest and I have been going through a Crown Financial study and my focus has been on developing and implementing a debt reduction plan and our new budget. I tend to be a one big project at a time girl, so I didn’t want to start the tax project until I wrapped up the budget project…little did I know.

Do you know what it is like to efile? I have been doing it for years without hesitation or concern, because I always knew if something went wrong (like if it didn’t work), then I had 2 months to fix it. But when you file 50 minutes before midnight, well, your perspective changes. If it (the efile process) doesn’t work, well, I am out of t.i.m.e. Fortunately, the IRS understood my situation as well and extended (even longer) tax time. Well, they didn’t do it for me, per se. I use Turbo Tax to file and so do apparently a gazillion other people (amateur and professionals alike). The TT computers were inundated with late filers on Tuesday night and I kept getting an error-type message from the Intuit website. Talk about s.t.r.e.s.s!

I checked back with Turbo Tax today and my fed and state returns were in fact filed well before midnight (09:09 PM PDT)…that’s 11:09 in Nebraska. Thank goodness. A little more stress than I needed and a huge lesson learned. Moral of the story: under any circumstances, do not wait until the last minute to file.

Advertisements

6 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

6 responses to “Tax time…

  1. Sweet Mummy

    Good for you guys working on a budget and all. We’ve been really doing that since January and it was a big challenge for us (not so much because of over-spending, but because we’re a pastor’s family and our income doesn’t match the average income of our congreagation…) but it has been good, too. Glad your taxes got in. My sweetie takes care of that and I don’t think it has to be in until May 15 for us in Canada…I think…

  2. Sweet Mummy

    Good for you guys working on a budget and all. We’ve been really doing that since January and it was a big challenge for us (not so much because of over-spending, but because we’re a pastor’s family and our income doesn’t match the average income of our congreagation…) but it has been good, too. Glad your taxes got in. My sweetie takes care of that and I don’t think it has to be in until May 15 for us in Canada…I think…

  3. (((((HUGS))))) sandi

    “Professional mother” I LOVE THAT! and I wanna BE you! I feel like Icould have fifty-seven children and still not feel like a professional mother. ~sigh~ (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  4. (((((HUGS))))) sandi

    “Professional mother” I LOVE THAT! and I wanna BE you! I feel like Icould have fifty-seven children and still not feel like a professional mother. ~sigh~ (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  5. Ann

    Oh, if I had fifty-seven children I would not be a professional mother…I think I would be a little nutty. BTW…the salary for a SAHM $138,000…give or take a few bucks.

  6. Ann

    Oh, if I had fifty-seven children I would not be a professional mother…I think I would be a little nutty. BTW…the salary for a SAHM $138,000…give or take a few bucks.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s