Contrary to the horrifying tales your brother-in-law tells, finishing your taxes doesn’t require fortitude or brilliance. In fact, with the right mindset and tools, this task can be downright fun.
You can experience the magic of 1040 preparation with just a few steps.
First, Set the mood with your favorite music. While doing taxes is time consuming, there’s little thought involved. In fact, if you think about it too much, you’re likely to wind up frustrated and with a half-done tax form.
Second, pour a glass of your favorite beverage, but don’t go overboard. Your goal is to get your taxes done, not to wake up on the floor with W2’s covering you like an IRS-sponsored blanket.
Third, take tax forms one question at a time. If you think about the monstrosity that can make up a tax return, you’ll never finish. However, if you just focus on your music, your drink of choice, and the question-at-hand, you’ll be finished in no time.
We’ve already discussed how to do taxes on your own (as well as who should even attempt the task)….so what are you waiting for? Jump in and get started!
I never thought I would say this, but…. sign me up! 🙂
Kurt @ Money Counselor
Yes, and, bearing in mind your caution, repeat step 2 as needed.
Done by Forty
I think I was missing the magic ingredient this year when I did my taxes: booze!
Free to Pursue
I love the approach. You have to find your “happy place” and it’s more of a mindset than anything else. It makes me want to tackle my taxes right now! 🙂