I call it: Fear or Filing.
It’s brought on by the W2s, 1040 EZs, and old receipts that pile up on your kitchen counter in early spring begging to be organized, filed, and over with.
The first thing you need to do when faced with this fear is: don’t. freak. out.
And the second thing you need to do is to take action. Luckily, I’m here to help! I filed my own taxes early this year (BTW, no, that doesn’t lead to an automatic audit) so that I could turn my attention to you. So this week, you’ll find lots of valuable resources for filing your taxes and getting the most out of your refund. And because you know I love to debunk “conventional” financial wisdom whenever possible, we’ll bust some common tax myths, too.
Filed and frantic about how to pay? You’re not alone in that either: right this way for some tips and strategies for negotiating your payment with the IRS (I swear, it can be done!).
We’re going to get through this time of year together, so we can enjoy the rest of the spring and the awesome refund we’ll likely get back. Of course, I’m going to tell you to stash most of it into savings, because after all it’s not free money—it’s your money. But here’s a little bonus: take 15% of your refund and spend it on whatever. you. want. Because you came, you saw, you filed—and you earned it.