I Still Haven’t Finished My Taxes


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Is it bad that it is April 9th and I still haven’t finished my taxes and sent them in? I always wait until the last minute, and I’m not sure why that is. I guess if I was getting lots of money back, I’d be all about filing as fast as I could.  Next year I really need to get on the ball and get them done earlier so I’m not stressing as much.  Here are some of the hangups I’ve encountered:

Not having all the donation info. Throughout the year, we make many trips to Goodwill to donate items.  I need to keep a better track of the items that we donate.

-Car taxes. I never remember this one.  It’s not that hard.  I just need to remember to write it down out of each car before I go to do our taxes.

-Property taxes. I can’t remember what the heck I did with our property tax bills this year!  We have to pay city and county taxes, and I’d like to be able to include both of those.  Of course, after the bank merger, all the check images that I could see online have disappeared, and if I order a copy of the checks that I think are it, it will take a few days for me to get them.  I don’t have a few days!

Basically I need to get the stuff earlier.  Procrastination is stressing me out!

Have you filed your taxes yet?

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15 thoughts on “I Still Haven’t Finished My Taxes

  1. Mrs. Accountability says:

    I haven’t filed ours yet. I’m really hoping I can finish things up this weekend. I think you should get one of those plastic bins or a shoebox, label it “taxes” and start right now placing the receipts in that box so you will have it all in one place next year. Since I enter every receipt into Quicken, it’s pretty easy for me to find all the tax information I need. Also at the end of the year I put W2s, 1099s and the mortgage interest statement, all the December savings accounts statements, etc. in a manilla envelope as it arrives by mail so it’s all in one place when I can get started. It is looking like we are going to get money back – we paid a lot in via my paycheck deductions and estimated tax payments because we have to anticipate how much money Mr. A’s businesses will net. And that is really difficult to predict. Do you do your taxes manually, or do you use a program?


  2. Jersey Mom says:

    Finished last month! And already received money back. =) We have a file cabinet filled with bank statements, taxes, donations, utilities, everything and anything that has to do with money.


  3. Simple in France says:

    Oh! You just rubbed a sore spot. I always (smuggly) file for my taxes in February. I already have my refund.

    BUT this year I have two issues. #1–since I’m out of the country, my US mail gets to me slowly AND I just realized I forgot to count the interest on one of my accounts (argh!) It’s a little mistake, but I really hope I don’t get audited. I’m fretting about trying to amend my taxes or not. Sigh.

    AND I owed the State of CA $105 (which I paid a while ago). But they sent me a check for that amount recently. Man–so I’m going to now have to try to figure out what lead them to do that. But I’m leaning towards error on their part–so there’s mess number 2 to clean up.

    I hate forms, and I absolutely cringe at the idea of trying to call the State of CA about their check.


  4. Julie says:

    I just filed ours yesterday, so you’re not alone! Most years, I go through Turbo Tax as soon as I get our W2’s to see how much our refund is, but don’t actually file till later when I have a chance to review. This year, we owed money to the feds, so I wasn’t in a big hurry to file. Plus, I wanted to check everything over to figure out where our refund went this year.

    I find that having a file labeled “[current year] Taxes” is an easy drop for anything tax related. As soon as I make a donation, or get our tax bills, or receive our year-end statements, etc., they go right into that file so I just need to pull one thing when I’m ready to file. Afterward, I can split them up into their respective files (i.e., mortgage, savings acct, etc.), but they’re all in one place come tax time.

    Good luck!


  5. Laura @ livingourway says:

    We still haven’t filed. Every year I get nervous that we are going to get them done and start doing them around the first of april. Every year, my huband redoes them and his always turns out better. He is in the process of redoing them now.


  6. ami@40daystochange says:

    Oh, this makes me feel good! EVERY YEAR my husband and I are the clients who show up at our accountant’s office, heads hanging in shame over our paperwork because we waited until the last minute to come in. We get the scolding, the warning that we might have to request a deferral – and then our accountant pulls it off (He’s such the enabler) This year we got it done by the 4th (of April :)) – a miracle of sorts for us.

    One of these days we’re gonna put everything into Quicken or some other budgeting software and then just push a button to file our taxes (someone tell me this can happen?)


  7. K @ Prudent and Practical says:

    We haven’t filed ours yet either. April comes around and my husband’s like, “Well, we better get our taxes done.” He’s got all the main info entered into the tax program. I just have to finish adding up my income and business expenses today. We file ours with Turbo Tax.


  8. Chlpe (Naturally Frugal) says:

    I just did a post on this same topic! I filed mine a while ago, but had to pay less than $100, which was nice to do so long ago. Luckily for me I’m still single and don’t have a house or other things to get in the way of doing my taxes easily. Hopefully my boyfriend gets a refund, one of us deserves to!


  9. Money Reasons says:

    I’m embarrassed to say, I haven’t filed mine yet either.

    I did get a lot of work on it done yesterday though. Now I just have to dot my is and cross my ts… Then it’s onto the state one, weeeee.

    I’m using the free online version of taxact.com.

    Next year I’m going with Turbo Tax though. Apparently, I can import my stock transactions (loss/gains) from my broker account somehow. For me, this would be awesome!!!


  10. cm says:

    I just put them all in the mail this afternoon, fed, state, and local. I did them by hand, no software other than a blank Excel sheet. Took like 4 days of off-and-on skull-shrinking labor, maybe 10 hours total. Each time I do this I curse the abstruse tax code.

    This is the first year in as long as I can remember that I didn’t do them April 14th in a sweat-soaked mad dash. And it feels good to have them in the mail and the weekend “clear”, even though we’re paying out over $3,500 this time.


  11. Cristy says:

    re: property taxes paid. You should be able to find that info online, at your county auditor’s website. Search by property owner or address. Just an FYI.


  12. Budgeting in the Fun Stuff says:

    We filed on March 27th and got our unexpected refund April 6th. 🙂

    BUT, we are not organized people usually. We made ourselves promise to do better in 2009…this is how we did it:

    1. Used one kitchen drawer for all needed receipts, property tax bills, W2’s, 1099’s, stock stuff, etc.
    2. Printed out all Paypall and other online donation receipts and threw in the same drawer.
    3. Threw Goodwill receipts in that drawer.
    4. Paid extra for carbon copy checks and make copies of all hobby job expense checks and any other checks that would be tax deductible…threw in drawer.
    5. Printed out 2009 toll road invoices in January and highlighted all toll road charges that are tax deductible…threw in drawer
    6. Got husband to print out his hobby job mileage and threw in drawer.

    And the one that we will not be doing next year:

    7. Take all stuff from drawer, drive to CPA, drop off stuff, give away an additional $475.

    Next year, we’ll be doing our taxes ourselves. She didn’t find any extra deductions that we didn’t know about (thanks to blogs I read), so that was a freaking waste…


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