Just as Star Trek’s James T. Kirk did not believe in a “no-win scenario” (referring to the Kobayashi Maru), so do I not believe in procrastinating in getting my annual tax returns filed. Sure, like many people, I tend to procrastinate with certain tasks. Mainly the reason why I choose to procrastinate is due to my cocky confidence in my ability to get certain tasks done rather easily and in a timely manner. Sometimes I get the task done either the day or the hour before that task is due for completion or reporting. I’m also rather proud of my unique skill to improvise whenever I encounter a problem in completing a procrastinated task. I can’t help but smirk when I learn later that the task which I had finished at “the last-minute” was well-received, well-liked, and much appreciated by others.
Ahhhh….sometimes it’s great to be me!
I tweeted this earlier today …
Now, when it comes to doing those accursed annual tax returns (which, like every true-blooded American, I hate doing more than anything), I choose not to procrastinate. It’s been my forty-five-year working citizen experience that regardless of the political party that controls the U.S. government, the damn tax laws – and some of the tax language and meanings on tax forms and tax software, tend to change every year. Even for a non-wealthy single person such as myself, there are often statements and questions on tax filing forms and/or software that can be a head-scratcher!
And so the moment I know that I have all the required forms reflecting my income, deductions, payouts, credits, et al over the previous year (having received all forms either by late January or by the first week in February), I take my first day off work to stay home to complete and file that most hated and completely unnecessary annual report to the U.S. government.
– RobFather X