So, we all know that the deadline for filing our federal and state income taxes is just around the corner, but this year we actually have until Tuesday, April 17th. The reason? Well April 15th in 2012 is on a Sunday and April 16th, which would be the next date set by the IRS, falls on Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia and apparently we just don't mix the two so we have until Tuesday, April 17th this year.
The problem is that those extra two days may help in the short run, but in the long run if you're a procrastinator it just drags out the inevitable pain of filing taxes. The key is keeping good tax records year long and then taking the time to sit down and correlate your writing income and expenses with your federal and state income tax returns.
The leading income tax preparation software makes filing your taxes from home so much easier than it has ever been BUT you still have to keep records and receipts and know how to enter this information into the program.
So, after you feel that relief from filing your taxes this year, take some time to sit down and figure out what you'll do starting today to ensure that you have all your writing income and expenses well documented before the next tax filing season. After all, since we have an extra two days this year, it means we have two days less to focus on the current tax year.