You know it's tax season, right? It's tax season! That is to say, it's the very end of tax season and your 2012 U.S. income tax filings are due to the IRS Monday. (If you're using the U.S. mail, they need only be postmarked by that date. If you're e-filing, you're e-filing, no postmark necessary.) So, where are you with your taxes? Take a moment's break, or a moment to pat yourself on the back, and read this mini-investigation of tax-doing strategies.
Wait, What? This means you only just realized that you had taxes to do, by reading this post, or when someone in line at the grocery store grunted and said, "Ugh, taxes!" and you thought to yourself, taxes? Whatever does the word mean? Then you went home, or to wherever it is that you stay, and Googled the word, finding out far too many things in the process. You have probably recently time traveled to America in the year 2013 from Victorian-era London or Ancient Rome or the Mesolithic era, or perhaps you are an alien. Suggestion: Travel back when the IRS starts sending you demanding notes.
The Procrastinator. Oh, you. I know you well. You are me, or you were me, at one point in time. True story: There was a Monday in April a long, long, long time ago when I spent the day in my office cubicle attempting to do my taxes on my own after realizing the strangely affordable Russian accountant my old roommate had set me up with had "gone missing." Or maybe this was before he came into my life, and before he disappeared from it, taking all of my tax information with him. But anyway! That Monday I managed to get the right-enough numbers on the requisite papers and then went to the post office and waited in line for an hour or more to certify the letter and it was all really grueling and terrible, so much that I vowed never to let it happen again. In the time that has passed I have changed to a tax Overachiever. But Procrastinators still number many, and it's quite possible if you are this type that you will reach a point of crisis mid-Sunday and try to find an H&R Block to take your urgent case, which I also did once. You may or may not succeed. Suggestion: Become a Weekend Warrior (see below); hang in there.