How I Prep for Tax Time
I’ve been preparing and filing my own taxes since I turned sixteen. I glanced over the forms one day, decided they weren’t rocket science, and told my dad I would do my own taxes from that point forward. After all these years, I have perfected a system that makes one Sunday evening every March bearable. (Yes, I still file paper forms because it only takes me two hours and $2 of stamps, whereas electronic filing will cost at least $15 and the time savings is not significant.)
My Pilot G-2 Ex pen. It’s fat and has an awesome rubber grip to ensure my hand doesn’t cramp up at an inopportune moment.
A 900 mL bottle of Green Goodness Boathouse smoothie. It’s like a meal replacement, only tasty.
My polar bear pajamas because wearing them relaxes me.
My bathrobe because Calgary’s still frickin’ freezing in March and I have too many bloody windows in my home.
My fuzzy slippers because scrunching up my toes in them is one of life’s little pleasures.
A pyramid of those incredibly tiny honey mandarins because they’re incredibly easy to peel and incredibly tasty to eat.
A big, fat desktop calculator with big, fat keys the size of my thumb and a big, fat display that doesn’t require me to squint.
The personal and business tax guides.
Four copies of all the tax forms. (I normally only use two, but I like having backups for my backup.)
All my T4s, T4PSs, T5s, etc. and RRSP receipts.
A notepad for notes and calculations.
A sticky pad if I think the CRA need further explanation for any entries.
And a bottle of Grey Goose and a bottle of Kahlua to reward myself when I’m done.