I know. I tantalized all of my friends with my tale of dining with the Chairman of General Motors, and a promise to let you in on what the wise man said -- and then I disappeared for over a week. During that time, GM's workers all went on strike... and then settled. So it's been a busy week for everyone.
The post I promised is coming, but it will be another couple of days. In the interim, I received an email from my accountant, reminding me that I needed to forward her the information she needs to file my taxes.
"I thought we didn't have to do that until April," my husband said.
Yeah. This is for our 2006 taxes. We filed an extension. We filed an extension because I KNEW that the minute I started working on it, I would be working on nothing else for a week. And that's what happened.
"I don't know what your problem is," my sister said. "I thought you kept everything in Quicken. All I have to do is run a report and I'm done."
I do keep my checking and credit card accounts in Quicken. But I have a hard time remembering which categories to apply charges to. And I purchase so many business related things online that the receipts are all emails. And then there's the PayPal account...
The bottom line is that I SUCK at keeping records. I pay my bills promptly, but I'm always rushed when I do it, and don't always take the time to file everything where it ought to go. And so I end up making up for that at tax time, when I truly have to figure out where all the money went.
I have tried for years to do a better job of this (I think this was even one of my resolutions January 1) and every year I screw it up. I have come to accept that this is something I will probably never do well -- and every April 15, I yearn for that "flat tax" that Steve Forbes campaigned on several years ago. (Yes, I know that's a regressive proposal that would probably hurt everyone but the elite classes -- but how great would it be to simply get a bill from the government, write a check and not have to deal with all that damned paper? One can dream.)
In addition to the taxes, I've had two gymnastics Board meetings, a gymnastics parent meetng, Back to School Night...
...and my web design client finally had photos taken of her fall line and wants them put on her site NOW.
PLUS... I have a new project that is starting up, which I'm very excited about -- and which I will tell you about when it goes live -- but in the meantime, I need to get cracking on that, too.
So I'm afraid Mr. Lutz will have to wait.