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Find a spot for your tax-related papers

26 January 2017 | Comments [0] »

This is the time of the year in the U.S. where the mail carrier starts bringing in tax-related documents, like W-2 and 1099 forms. To avoid that frantic feeling at tax time when you can’t easily put your hands on these important documents, I encourage you to do yourself a favor today.

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Extra three days for taxes!

11 April 2016 | Comments [0] »

Have you finished your taxes yet? If not, the government has a happy surprise: You have an extra weekend to get them done.

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Have you started your taxes?

5 March 2015 | Comments [0] »

I don’t know where the year has gone so far, but it hit me this morning as I was making coffee that I’d better get started on my taxes! My niece and nephew will be visiting from Australia from April 2 to 12 and I leave for the NAPO conference on April 14, so I really need to file my taxes this month.

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Make charity write-offs easy with iDonatedIt

12 March 2014 | Comments [0] »

If you itemize your taxes, taking a deduction for items you’ve donated to charities makes good financial sense. You reduce your tax burden and you don’t have to go through the trouble of trying to sell your unwanted stuff.

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Taking taxes one bit at a time

28 February 2014 | Comments [0] »

It’s that time of the year! I’ve had one client appointment where we pulled together tax information for the accountant, and I’ve started on my own taxes.

I do our taxes with Turbo Tax and have for six years now. Like many people, I don’t enjoy doing taxes. I think the fear of the unknown (Will I have all the information I need? Did I pay enough estimated taxes?) plays a part. Plus, it can be brain bending work.

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Missouri sales tax holiday weekend

2 August 2013 | Comments [0] »

Here in Missouri, there’s no state sales tax this weekend on certain back-to-school purchases. That includes:

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Storing tax documents

3 April 2013 | Comments [2] »

I filed my taxes last weekend. Once that was done, I had to think about what to do with all the supporting documentation. I don’t like to spend much time organizing those papers because I’m fervently hoping that I’ll never have to look at them again. (The only reason I can think of that I would is if I were audited.)

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Worth repeating: Handy tool for organizing your taxes

30 January 2013 | Comments [0] »

I originally posted this endorsement of Smead’s Tax Organizer almost a year ago. I was back helping the same client with her taxes this week, and we used the tax organizer again. We actually bought a new one and she stored her supporting documents in the old one. Consulting last year’s organizer made this year’s taxes even easier. If you’re compiling documents for your tax preparer, you might find this product handy.

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App of the week: Milebug

1 June 2012 | Comments [1] »

I blogged about the mileage-tracking app Milebug last year, after I realized how much time it was saving me on my taxes. Back then, I was using it on my iPod Touch.

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Help for procrastinators: An extra couple of days for taxes

31 March 2012 | Comments [0] »

I used to procrastinate on taxes every year. April 15 would roll around and I’d file an extension. Then I’d procrastinate some more. I was known to file two extensions.

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Handy tool for organizing your taxes

22 February 2012 | Comments [0] »

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Have you done your taxes? It's not too late.

30 March 2011 | Comments [0] »

I used to be an inveterate procrastinator when it came to taxes. Back then, I was always afraid I’d owe money and the fear of finding that out would paralyze me. Not smart, I know. But it was my emotions, not my brain, making that decision.

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MileBug: My tax-time time saver

4 March 2011 | Comments [3] »

I’ve been doing my family’s taxes on TurboTax now for four years. I worked on them almost to the point of completion last weekend (let’s hear it for refunds!) and it went remarkably smoothly.

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It's tax time again!

15 February 2010 | Comments [0] »

As I’ve blogged about before, it’s a miracle that mid-February it feels like tax time to me. In years past, I’ve put off even thinking about taxes until April. And sometimes August. And sometimes October. (Never past October, though.)

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Making April 15th less painful

15 April 2009 | Comments [0] »

I have a very rocky relationship history with April 15. More often than not, I’d wake up on tax day with an anxious knot in my stomach and file an extension. Occasionally, I’d submit the taxes that day, but never without stress.

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It's tax time!

23 January 2009 | Comments [0] »

I can’t believe I’m thinking it’s tax time and it’s only January. I literally can’t remember the last time I filed taxes before April 15. I think it was in the 80s, when I filed Form 1040-EZ. The truth of the matter is that I’ve been self-employed since 1995 and in that time I’ve probably have filed an extension more often than I haven’t.

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How do you spell procrastination?

15 April 2008 | Comments [1] »

In my life right now, the answer to that question is T-A-X-E-S. I have to hang my head in shame and admit that my taxes aren’t done. But I’m quite sure they will be by the end of the day.

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