This will be my one and only post about tax time because really? Who wants to think about it any more than one has to?
But I just had to share this lovely product that appeared in my mailbox the other day — Tax.filer by the folks at Buttoned Up (makers of all sorts of nifty organizers and paper products you've likely seen gracing the shelves at Target). If only I had had a Tax.filer in 2007, the dreaded job of going through all of my paperwork (heaped in various boxes and files of course) would have been much less heinous.
Tax.filer is an expandable file stocked with sections for all of the paperwork you need as you fill out your tax forms. W-2s, statements, medical expenses, there's a spot for everything. The look of the file and the category names ("money in," "money out") are friendly and clean, which actually makes a big difference to me — my brain starts to freeze when I see tax lingo. The simplicity of the design fills me with hope and resolve for tax year 2008.
Whether or not you decide to go for a readymade solution like Tax.filer or you want to create your own filing system, consider doing it now (or, perhaps, the week after you put the return in the mail). You'll still be in the mindframe, and you are probably more motivated to do it now than at any other time during the year. Think of the time and grief you'll save come this time next year!
Win it! Buttoned Up has offered to send a free Tax.filer to one lucky Parenthacker! I'll choose a random winner from the comments…just answer this question:
Not a question, really. I don't want to ask for tax tips (unless you've got some great ones, if so, please share!) — I would much rather hear what you do to celebrate the sending off of your return. Do you go to Disneyland? Pour a cocktail? Throw a party? Or just feel relieved?
I'll post the winner tomorrow at 5pm PST. Good luck!