My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #619: How Can I Make Doing Taxes Sound Exciting?

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-20-2012 11:36 AM 1285 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK. I really can’t.

There is nothing really exciting about putting a bunch of smaller numbers together to make one bigger number. Not unless you win the lottery or something. Then I could see how it could be fun. But unfortunately, the flow of these numbers is going the other way – out the door.

But I am not complaining (really!) It is a part of life for everyone and in my own silly way I look at paying taxes as paying for services such as roads, national parks, security and now that I am living in Canada – medical treatment.

Yes, yes I know that much of the money may be squandered by our elected leaders, but bottom line is we all have to pay and pay I do. (Please note: I don’t want to get into a political discussion here! I talk about a lot in public, but politics isn’t a subject I care to discuss. Thanks!) Besides – part of it is supposed to go to my social security or pension fund, right? Even me sitting here on the pinkest of pink clouds don’t for a second think that either of those will support me in my old age! But there isn’t much I can do about that other than vote and hope for the best.

So I do what I do and pay what I pay and move on from there. And I try not to think too hard about it along the way.

I spent the day printing out statements and paperwork that I will need to run my figures. I had a glitch because one of my printers started acting up and we wound up having to run to Keith’s parents to swap it out with another one. Fortunately we picked up an extra printer when they were clearing them out for about $70. That is less than the retail price of a set of ink cartridges. We use the continuous flow ink system which has worked beautifully and I am happy to say that we just plugged everything and it started printing. I talked about the system in an earlier blog (#244 Deal of the Day) and I maintain that both the little Canon printer and the system do outstanding jobs. I certainly got my $80 worth out of the one that was acting up!

Once that was done, I was able to pretty much move along. All that is left for me to do is to categorize things and run the totals for the accountant. While it will probably take another several hours to do so, It shouldn’t be too bad at all. After that point it will be out of my hands (except to write the check when all is tallied – that may hurt a bit!)

I find that doing things like this in steps is far more palatable than having to do it all at once. That is why I choose to do things early(ish) – so I can digest everything as it comes along. Doing things last minute only adds to the stress of everything and makes a tedious task much more unpleasant.

I laugh at myself because every year the first three or four months are in perfect order. Everything is posted and filed and catagorized completely and ready to go. After that, I then tend to just put the receipts into the pocket and ‘get to them later’ which leaves me with the task at hand. I call it the ‘good intentions disease’ in which I plan to do better for the upcoming year and then lose interest or get too busy or whatever excuse I choose to wear like a fashionable hat of the day. This past year was no exception. The first three months are tip top shape and ready to go, and then our trip to the states came in and when we returned, things were fast and furious trying to catch up with things and finances went into an “I’ll get to it” holding pattern.

And here we are.

Funny thing is I find myself thinking the same thing again – that this year I WILL keep up until December and next year it will be a breeze. And I truly believe it, too. I am setting up an Excel spread sheet to record all expenses and income and it should take very little time to keep up with it. We’ll see how that goes. You can feel free to ask me how I am doing in say, August and I promise to give you an honest answer. :)

One day I will learn.

So for today, I have a couple of directions I can go in. I need to do a little final painting for the pumpkin pattern and also start drawing my next project for the magazine. I know what I am doing and I think I am finally going to be cutting that piece of Corian on the scroll saw that I have wanted to for quite a while. That will make the project a bit more interesting and I should learn a lot.

Oh, and I can continue on with the taxes. I think it will be a good thing to at least invest a couple of hours in that direction. I have until Thursday when I am meeting with my accountant.

I wish you all a great day today, whatever you choose to do. I hope you all have fun and enjoy what the day brings.

Happy Monday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 12:09 PM

one day i will learn

now that is a very positive statement
(or a nice dream)

great picture you posted
hope the taxman likes cats (lol)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 12:18 PM

I know, David. Who am I kidding, right??

”The poorest man is not without a cent, but without a dream.”

Since the cents will be flying out the door, I figured I better hold onto the dream!

I love the Cheezeburger cats, as you know. They always have something to add to a blog without pictures. I hope you have a great day! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 12:51 PM

Sheila, the Excel spreadsheet is the method we use – and it works! (providing you have the discipline to maintain it and a good filing system). Tax prep is now a breeze.

Good luck!

I should add that my wife is the one who does this. I’ve the discipline of a four y.o.

-- John from Hampstead

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