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Organizing Your Tax Paperwork Before April 15

Three tips for making tax time easier

by lolagoetz  |  5770 views  |  1 comment  |        Rate this now! 

A little organizing now will help your paperwork headache later. It probably won’t do much for the aching in your wallet if you owe money. But at least you won’t be adding insult to injury.

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Becky Scott is a freelance writer/editor. She has way too many shoes, not enough flattering pants, and more hair scrunchies than one person should ever own. She loves to find a great deal on cute clothes and handbags, even though her closet protests that enough is enough (so does her husband). She is currently head-over-heels in love with her infant son and doesn't expect that to change anytime soon. She lives in San Diego with her husband and son.

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  • I used to toss receipts into a pretty box on top of the fridge, the idea being that I'd file them once a month. Nope. They stayed in the pretty, and increasingly dusty, box for months. Boo.

    This year, I've put a small desktop file holder on my desk. Every time I have a receipt, it goes into the appropriate file, and since it's right there in the dining room, not hidden in a filing cabinet in the basement, it takes about two seconds.

    Since I work from the home, a LOT of receipts are business-related. (Like utility bills, grocery bills, household maintenance...) The files are labelled not only with the category in question (food, memberships, craft, equipment), but also with the number indicating which line of the tax form they apply to.

    Much, much better. Now I just need to get new batteries for my calculator...

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by MaryP on 20th March 2008