With half the year over and tax day a few months behind us, you should be done with taxes this year, right? Not so fast! In six months people will begin filing their 2017 Tax Return with a recurring moan and groan. Now is the time to take your preventative medicine and avoid the pain!
We all form habits; we are human. We try to develop good ones to replace the bad ones and often we are successful but most successes don’t come without a coach, cheerleader or some kind of support.
Tax Time is usually a time of regret over not being successful at last year’s promise to oneself, “I not going to pay this much again, I`m going to keep better records and search out a tax plan, or some professional help, and get smarter about this!” Then summer comes and the golf clubs, fishing gear, or other hobby peaks up its head and says to you, “What are you crazy?? We are gonna spend this beautiful day at a Tax Office planning next year’s outcome when we could be on the greens??”
Here is what you do to have your cake and eat it too! Watch the weather forecast for the week on Monday. Figure out if there is an afternoon after 4 pm that looks like rain. Tell your boss you’re leaving early or, if you’re retired, don’t say yes when asked to tonight’s dinner gathering. Instead, call your local Tax Planning office and get your last year’s return and your current financial statements and make an appointment.
With six months to change behavior, read and self-educate, and take baby steps with your planner it’s not too late to have real success. Procrastinate and the summer will be gone and your chances of real success will be greatly diminished.