20 Days; 8 Hours
That’s what my countdown calendar said the time remaining until 6pm CDT on April 15th. Three of those days are Sundays so that realistically gives you 17 days to come see me.
Early in the season I, like most tax bloggers, wrote a post about preparing for your tax return appointment. But right now I’d like to make a few special suggestions.
- Please don’t make an appointment you can’t keep. And if you do have to cancel, please call and let me know. I need all the work time I can squeeze out of the office hours. I have some work that can be done after I clear my desk for the appointment but not much.
- Come in prepared. Bring all your W-2’s and other tax documents. Use last year’s tax return as a guide. If you miss something, drop it by as soon as you can.
- Don’t expect miracles. There are only so many hours I can work and there are other returns to do. So, it may take me longer than you want it to take. If I can’t get it done, we’ll talk about an extension.
- Leave a message if you get the machine. And please take your time with your name and number. I can’t call you back if I can’t decipher the number.
- Please no jokes about being late. I’ve heard them all before.
- I don’t need to know why you are so late unless the reason might actually affect your taxes like a birth, death or marriage. What I don’t need is every detail why your life has been crazy.
- Please get me any missing info ASAP.
- Understand that my end-of-season rules are in place for a reason and they apply to everyone.
- Don’t try to manipulate me with threats, BS or sweet talk. Chocolate won’t even work this time of the season.
We both want to get your tax return finished by the deadline. That means we both have to work as efficiently as possible. To do that, I need all your info ASAP and I need you to not waste my time with excuses, missed appointments, and power games. Remember:
Your failure to plan is not my emergency.