As tax time comes around again, no doubt you’ve heard a lot of grumbling. Perhaps you’ve done some complaining yourself. But instead of making this year’s taxes a miserable experience, here are a few tips to keep your attitude positive and your spring care-free!
Do Taxes Early
First, the quicker you can get the whole process over with, the better. Putting off taxes makes you think/worry about them longer, drags down your spirits, and results in more last-minute panicking if you run into troubles on April 15th. If you’re not sure how to do your taxes, don’t let that stop you from taking action, seek out a tax professional to help you get them done quickly.
Another preventative measure is to keep all your financial documents in one place. Don’t let all your receipts, bankbooks, W2 forms, etc., scattered around your home and/or office. If you have everything you need in one place and have kept track of all your finances throughout the year, you should have no problem getting your taxes done quickly and pain-free.
If just thinking about doing your taxes stresses you out, consider getting help with your taxes this year. Turn to a parent, a sibling, a neighbor or community organization that is capable and willing to help you out with your taxes. Schools, cities, AARP, and other organizations offer free tax-help to their demographics. See if you qualify for their help. Or, hire a professional tax worker to do them for you.
Rather than getting angry or annoyed about having to do taxes again, simply accept it as a part of life. Sometimes that’s all it takes. Just like having to eat to live or sleep to rest, change your attitude to accept taxes as a natural part of life. Once you do, you won’t feel so imposed upon or aggravated. Sure, it is a little unpleasant and troublesome, but hey – it’s life!
Dig Into Your Patriotic Soul
If what bothers you is all that money that’s being taken away from you – stop and think about why those taxes are there. Perhaps some of them don’t make sense to you, but think about the others. You pay taxes to help keep roads nice, to provide neighborhood security, to help kids get a good education, and so on.
Think about all the financial trouble our country is in, and be grateful that you can do something to help out. Try to set aside your anger or disagreements with whatever political battle is going on, and remember that we’re all trying to get through this mess together.
Be grateful that you have to pay taxes. Why? Because it means you have an income, a home, or whatever else. Some people aren’t lucky enough to have those things. And also remember that you’ll be getting some tax returns! Hooray! Try not to remember that it was taken away from you to begin with, and just think of it as free money for being a good citizen. Sure, it’s just a mind trick – but for lots of people, it works!
If you have any other ideas for making tax season a little easier, share with us below!