Tuesday, March 11, 2014

No Escape

by Maggie Sefton

A great way to escape unpleasant chores would be to take a great hike here in Colorado.  Unfortunately it's not Spring yet.  March in Colorado is our snowiest month with Spring snow, and in between beautiful warm Spring-like days that tempt the buds on trees and plants to fatten.  But---real spring won't begin until April.  Our High Country is still covered in snow.  Perfect for skiers.  :)

So, what chore have I been ignoring?   Hint:  Everyone has to do it here in the U.S.

I've been back from my month-long writing retreat for over a week now and have been catching up every day PLUS writing on the next Kelly Flynn mystery which my editor expects
to see in June.  Add to that, I've been finishing details on my NEW E-Book Original Historical Mystery which I hope to have out as an E-Book this month.   So, I've been busy.  So busy that I've been able to totally ignore this VERY IMPORTANT TASK.   Have you figured it out?   It's the same task that all of us have to do after the turn of each new year-----gathering all the financial information for Income Taxes.

  Another way to avoid tasks would be to indulge myself with sinfully soft yarns.



You'd think as a former CPA, there's no way I could forget that important task.  And you'd be right.  I never forgot it. . . I just chose to attack the long list of "Have To Do's" first.  Normally I have all the information ready to take to my CPA by the first week of March.  But this year I was out of town for the entire month of February, and that took away my precious "sorting time."  Going through all my receipts and organizing them.   So----now it's the second week of March and I haven't even started sorting yet.

No escape. . . 

Don't say it.  I need to get all my info on a spreadsheet, and every year at this time I swear I will do it.  Then the schedules of writing deadlines and writing-related and other travel intrude and I simply choose not to take the time.  Yep.  It's my fault so I have no right to complain.  Well. . .maybe I'll whine just a little.   Meanwhile, I'd better get started on the sorting.   No escape.   What about you folks?  Have you done your taxes yet?   Go ahead.  Make me feel guilty.  




8 comments:

mary kennedy said...

Maggie, you are incredibly organized, I wish I had 1/10 of your organizational skills. Looking forward to your historical mystery!

Karen in Ohio said...

32 years of doing business taxes for my husband and myself. I used to go through that same thing every year, until I started putting all the business stuff in Quicken. If you use your credit card for everything it will automatically download into Quicken every time you update. It's a lot easier than hand-sorting/going through every single little receipt. Even better, you can get instant reports, and as often as you like.

Now if only I could get my husband to remember to give me the 1099's and the petty cash records in time every year.

Good luck.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I'm looking forward to your e-book historical mystery.
I just had my taxes done this week. Yes, I had to pay a little. I have been doing my own taxes for the past few years but last year I sold my house and didn't know if it would make a difference or not. It didn't.
Any receipt I get that might be taxable, or be used as a deduction, I put into a Taxes folder. Then it is easy to sit sort out everything. Good luck.

Aurian said...

O please don't remind me! I also have to do my taxes this month. Luckily here in Holland they know everything about you already, and fill in the form for you. All I have to do is check the numbers I have, and send it in digitally. Or not check anything and just sign it...

If you send out review copies of your new ebook, please keep me in mind, I do love historical cozies as well.

Maggie Sefton said...

Thanks, Mary. It seems the writing demands keep increasing, don't they?

Maggie Sefton said...

LOL, Karen, thinking of your husband forgetting the 1099s. :) That reminds me of some of my earliest clients.

Maggie Sefton said...

Thanks, Diane. Yes, all receipts for expenses or for revenues, I put in one place. And I have to admit there was less to sort this year. I was able to get it all sorted into categories this evening. :) That's unusual. I didn't attend as many conferences last year as I have in the past.

Maggie Sefton said...

Aurian----Your system certainly is easier. :) I'm afraid I won't have review copies, so I'm hoping reviewers discover it. I hope you decide to give it a try once it comes out. Then you can let me know. :)