Tuesday, January 5, 2010

It's Tax Time

Oh joy! See this mess.....this is the exact reason I am trying to get more organized this year. I refuse to do this again. I already have my new checking account with debit cards for me and Irv so all of my business expenses will be in one place. Well, they were in one place this year...

See that nice blue book that says Monthly Bookkeeping on the front. I bought that book in January of 2009. I bought it so I could keep a nice record of my spending for my business.

See the blank pages? Yep! I never entered a single thing!

Well, my expenses were all in one place though. The receipts were shoved in between the pages of the nice blue book. No, not in the proper month....all just shoved in there so I wouldn't lose them!

So now I get to sit and sort all of the receipts into little piles for Joann's, Hancock Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, Menards, the resale shops and the Post Office. Then I get to sit and tally it all up. Once I have the totals, I will put it all on a spreadsheet of sorts and it will go to our tax guy with our personal tax stuff. Then we sit and wait for the news.

Why am I in such a hurry to do my taxes? Because IF we get any money back...that determines IF we get to go on vacation this summer....and I love vacation and I want to know ASAP if we get to go so I can start planning.

Last year we were out shopping when our tax guy called. He said, "Well, you are going on vacation." I asked, "Are we going to Hawaii, Colorado or Wisconsin?" He said, "Colorado," and that was just fine with me!

15 comments:

Lanyardlady said...

Maybe this year it will be Hawaii!

MooreMagnets said...

oooh, Hawaii would be nice ... I gave up writing in one of those ledgers long ago...

Cathryn said...

I'm beginning to believe that us creative types need someone who's a business type to do all those mundane chores like entering expenses in a ledger and then filing away the receipts! :D

I hope you can go to Hawaii!

Oklahoma Granny said...

It just gives me a headache to even think about getting everything together to take to our tax person. She's already told us we may actually get something back this year and that hasn't happened in a LONG LONG time. Never thought of using a tax refund for a vacation. Maybe that's something to consider. Wonder where you'll get to go this year?

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Get it done! Colorado in summertime is totally worth it!

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

I'm laughing. I happen to be a tax preparer, so trust me when I tell you--- you are not alone! You wouldn't believe what my clients bring to my office. :)

Good luck, hope you get that trip to Hawaii.
~Amy

Ms Sparrow said...

I buy those school folders that Target sells for a dime every September. Then I pop in anything that I need to save for taxes. It's a lot cheaper than a fancy notebook. I could never be disciplined enough to keep up a monthly log of expenses!

Angela said...

I am proud you put them all in one place. I do not want to show you where mine are...ugh. I am so unorganized...

Leah@storybookranch said...

We all start the year with such good intentions, no?

Crossing my fingers for Hawaii!

Kittie Howard said...

I can see you and Irv walking down Waikiki! Yes, yes!

Kittie Howard said...

I can see you and Irv walking down Waikiki! Yes, yes!

Beth Anderson said...

Kathy you're scaring me - I did not even want to read this with the title, it's tax time!
The dreaded tax time!

Keep saving that extra $50 from the grocery shopping and maybe you can do Hawaii!
GOOD LUCK!

gayle said...

You are so making me want to get organized again!!

BookingAlong said...

Organization is on my list of resolutions, too!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I feel your pain. I hate bookkeeping. But, I hope you get a vacation out of it all :-)

xo

Blog Archive