Sunday, April 14, 2013

Need a stoner accountant?

I don't use an accountant, myself. There are some things I'm not particularly organized about, but I do get my taxes done on time. I filed early enough this year, in fact, that some late information from my accounts came in and forced me to file an amended return. But even that one I sent in early last month. But this weekend, I shredded my receipts and so on from 2009. Each year I shred the stuff from three years ago, and store away this year's information.  All part of my de-cluttering efforts.

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  1. I liked mine fretful, twitchy even. People who avoided direct eye contact, wanted to know if there was any other receipts, papers. One who when you told them you might have lost half the receipts shoulder's dropped, and a resigned expression came over their face.

    Stoners are the ones I have over for dinner, they appreciate it.

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    1. I just don't like handing over money for something I can easily do myself.

      And stoners can fend for themselves - they eat too many sweets, anyway.

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  2. nice...feels good to get rid of some...i burn mine...it just feels right...haha

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    1. I can see burning them. I like to shred mine and send them off to be recycled.

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  3. I bet you fumed when that late information came in!

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    1. Not really - a minor irritation about those accounts being slow to get me the money, but filing an amended return didn't take terribly long.

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  4. I am lucky that my accountant does this job, I am poor and keeping order in such papers:(
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    1. Since I run a business, I had to learn to be organized.

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  5. I thought we had to hold on to all the paperwork for 7 years?

    That smiley face is such a flashback!

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    1. Isn't it very '70's?

      Per the IRS, 3 years unless you didn't report all your income (then it's 6 years) or filed a fraudulent return (then it's forever.)

      http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/How-long-should-I-keep-records%3F

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  6. And here I was searching for a receipt I needed from fifteen years ago so I could complete mine. Capital Gains is a pain.

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    1. I do keep receipts on major house repairs and such.

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  7. I would have to learn a whole new level of organization if I had a business to file for! I agree, though, that some things are worth paying someone to do...and some just aren't.

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    1. It depends on what your skills are, of course. I happily pay people to do work on my house if I can't do it myself.

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  8. I'd be out of business if I was surrounded by SAWs. LOL.

    I'm hanging on to the barest necessities of my formerly quite large tax service until the Great Canadian Novel is published and the royalties stuff my mailbox.

    Goodonya for the filing!!

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Fortunately, many people need and/or want an accountant's help!

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  9. I wouldn't even know where to begin! You rock....

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  10. I wish I could easily do it myself, but every year the gov't changes things up so much that it is better to have someone else do it.
    and you are shredding stuff from '09?! We are recommended to keep everything for 7-10 years. I still have my files from 15 years ago... just in case (of what I am not sure)

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    1. I wouldn't try it without a computer program - I let TurboTax keep up with the changes for me.

      But the IRS says 3 years if there isn't anything like fraud involved.

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  11. I can't believe you do your own. A business, a house, self employment. I couldn't do it. Maybe because I have more than one property and JB and I have two businesses, but I spend a good 10-15 hours just getting info ready for our accountant

    Only three years? I have to check that out for myself but if so I will be forever grateful to you!!!

    Love
    kj

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    1. Up until last year, I even did my ex's taxes for him.

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  12. I go through H&R Block to do my taxes, and this time I procrastinated up to March 31st. I had to pay Federal, but I did get a refund from State. I'm so glad that's overwith, though. It always feels like a homework assignment to me.

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    1. I have to pay estimated taxes, so there is never a time when I don't owe money!

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  13. I am very, very bad with paperwork. I admire you.

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    1. Thanks. It's mostly because I'm so frugal.

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  14. Tax returns, nightmare!
    But I file mine on time too, mainly to get the dreaded thing out of my hair.

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  15. "I filed early enough this year, in fact, that some late information from my accounts came in and forced me to file an amended return."

    OMG...that ALMOST happened to me last year before I filed. I was just getting ready to file, when I received an additional W2 that I had totally forgotten about.

    Like you, I get my taxes filed ASAP!

    X

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    1. Next year, I'll make sure I have everything. But I do like having it all out of the way.

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  16. Shaune's really committed and disciplined about doing our taxes each year too.

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