Wednesday, October 15, 2008

October 15 is Tax Day for Procrastinators

Lucky people tend to be on top of things. I was not on top of our taxes this year, so when April 15 rolled around we filed an extension. I really didn't want to delve into the taxes because I knew I hadn't kept up with things very well and it would mean hours and hours of checking invoices to get costs, counting inventory on hand, and reconciling sales records and shipping records and fees. Not a big job if you work at it daily, or even weekly. I made sure to keep every bit of information I might possibly need, I just didn't put it into any sort of order, spreadsheet, or database. I threw everything in a box. A really large box. UGH.

I spent several hours each day last week working on our records. And all day, every day this week. I hate to admit it, but all work and no play makes LuckyGirl cranky. I've also had to listen to Mr. LuckyGirl say, "if you had listened to me and used QuickBooks this would have been a much easier job," over and over again.

So QuickBooks people, if you're listening, Mr. LuckyGirl is usually right about this sort of thing. If you want to send me some software I promise I will blog repeatedly about how much easier it made my job. I do want to be on top of things, I know that it makes life go much smoother when I am. And often smooth means lucky!

I hit the "transmit your tax return button now" button at about 9 p.m. this evening, so I had a good three hours to spare. Anybody else wait as long as I did to file their taxes? And I'd love any tips you'd like to share. I've already got the big one down: don't put it off until the last minute.