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Day 8 declutter/organize results! aka, the end of the boring tax-prep posts

April 8th, 2014 at 09:45 pm

Well, today I buckled down and prepared my and NT's state tax return. I couldn't get the fillable forms from the state site to work, so I printed and filled in with a pen, the old-fashioned way.

As I was pulling up the forms I knew I needed from looking at my rough drafts from February, I could not find one of the forms that added to my MN taxable income. I did some digging and realized that a law enacted in March had rendered it obsolete. Which meant nearly $900 less in taxable income!

It only shaved about $50 off the tax bill, but I'm really happy with that! It means we only owe about $750 between the three of us. That is really good news! Again, since I already had the money set aside, that's $50 I can put back into our surplus.

I separated out a pile of papers that could be discarded, but they should be shredded, and I didn't want to do that with the girls sleeping. I'll have NT shred them on his next day off.

We still have to sign, make copies and send them off, so I haven't removed the files. But I organized all the papers into the appropriate files so when we're done, they just need to be stuck into the filing cabinet. That will happen Monday, probably, because AS needs to sign her state return before I can mail it off. (She gets back from UK around midnight on Friday.)

So now I can turn my energy to the decluttering side of things again. Looking forward to it!

8 Responses to “Day 8 declutter/organize results! aka, the end of the boring tax-prep posts”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Yea! Taxes complete. That is a good thing to get off the list.

  2. Mooshocker Says:

    Ceejay...if I may ask, what are the dynamics of your household? Three adults, two children. Sometimes I get confused. If it's too personal to share, no problem. Just curious. Jamie

  3. TashaC. Says:

    Taxes are done on my end too!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Just found out I can e-file my state tax free on the state website, so I'll get that done tonight if I'm not brain dead. Federal taxes were done in February, refund already spent/banked.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Good job with taxes everyone! Of course I won't consider them done until they're in the mail, but at least the heavy lifting is over.

    CB, that is slick! I couldn't even get the fillable forms to work on my state's website, which is usually my method. Next year I'm just doing AS's and sending mine and NT's off; the UK renovations are going to increase the value of the place, and we might get that mining right-of-way money (though I haven't heard anything about it in several weeks). Going to be super complicated! I already wing it on the depreciation of the flat by looking at what my accountant did in past years; I can't figure out how he even got that number.

    Mooshocker, I am in a 3-person relationship; I have two life partners, one legally married to me and the other (of course, since it's not legal anywhere) not. I'd say we're a lot like regular married people except there are three of us. Smile But it does make the finances a lot more complex, and moving to our desired country a daunting task.

  6. Mooshocker Says:

    Ahhhh....I thought that may be the case but wasn't sure and certainly didn't want to offend by asking. It sounds as if your life and family, although can be a little more complex and/or different, is filled with love and that, more than anything else, is all that counts! Jamie

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Awesome!

  8. Madeline Miller Says:

    Congrats for getting this done! These are the things stressing me out the most!

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