Tax Day aftermath

I blogged earlier today about the extension for last-minute filers, due to the IRS system going down yesterday.  Apparently the site had a message on it during the outage saying it wouldn't be back up until December 31, 9999.  Wish I'd gotten to see that!

I ended up working on my taxes for about 14 hours straight overnight Monday into Tuesday, which is a good argument for being better about keeping my records up-to-date this year.  Updating the records, going through all of my old receipts, filing last year's taxes (I still hadn't!), and getting organized took most of that time.  Actually working on this year's tax returns probably only took about four hours, and a lot of that was rearranging my spreadsheet so that all of my expenses were listed under the correct categories.

So.  Next year.  Stay up on the reporting.
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By Katharine Swan On Wednesday, April 18, 2018 At 9:02 PM 0 comments

Tax Day extension

I meant to post this sooner -- like yesterday -- but I was exhausted and fell asleep early in the evening.  More to come about that later.

For those who need to know, though, there is an extension on the Tax Day deadline to TODAY because the payment system went down yesterday.  So if you haven't finished yet, you do still have today left to do it!

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By Katharine Swan On At 1:53 PM 0 comments

Tax Eve and why it's better this year

Happy Tax Eve to those who are spending tonight doing their taxes!  I'm risking a little fuzzy-headedness and doing mine in style.


I'm risking some fuzzy-headedness here obviously, so hopefully it won't backfire on me.  But I think I can relax responsibly, and it might help with the overall motivation problem of taxes!
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By Katharine Swan On Monday, April 16, 2018 At 9:04 PM 0 comments

Camp NaNoWriMo woes

I have to admit, I've fallen behind rather badly in Camp NaNoWriMo this month.  It happens every April, partly because of tax season, but I've also been really busy lately on top of that, having picked up some new clients earlier this year.  And then on top of it all, my mom and I were selling at a doll show last weekend, so I had to spend a lot of time getting ready for that.

I did pretty well for the first four days of Camp NaNo, but after that is when it all fell apart for me.  But the month is nowhere near too far gone yet, so I'm trying to recover!  Today is the first day of getting my life back -- well, of getting my Camp goals back on track, anyway.
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By Katharine Swan On Sunday, April 15, 2018 At 12:27 PM 0 comments

Why Tax Day falls on Tuesday the 17th

You may have noticed that Tax Day is on Tuesday this year, April 17th, instead of the usual April 15th.  With the 15th falling on Sunday it's obvious why it's not that day, but did you wonder why it's not Monday?

I was afraid I was getting wrong information and didn't want to file late, so I looked it up to be sure, and this is what I found.
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By Katharine Swan On Saturday, April 14, 2018 At 12:23 PM 0 comments

Camp NaNoWriMo conflicts

I often forget the biggest problem with April's CampNaNoWriMo: It conflicts with tax season.  It interferes with my goals every year.

I even had the best intentions this year to get my taxes done earlier.  I started catching up on all the income and expense reporting (which I got behind on throughout the year, although not as badly as usual) months ago, but then my workload picked up in February and I stopped working on it regularly.

So this month I have a new goal: to get taxes done and stay on track with my Camp NaNo goals.
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By Katharine Swan On Friday, April 06, 2018 At 12:31 AM 0 comments

Camp NaNoWriMo: The cure for blog neglect

I've been neglecting my blogs horribly lately.  It's partly because of how busy I've been -- I picked up a couple new clients and I've had an increased workload as a result -- but also just partly because working on my own projects has fallen so far off my radar.  That includes my novels, some nonfiction projects, and, unfortunately, my blogs.

It's been a problem for a while, and last November I tried to fix it by making a general goal during NaNoWriMo of working on my own projects for an hour every day.  My goals met with only moderate success, and the whole experiment wasn't as habit-forming as I would have hoped, so I decided to do something a little different for this session of Camp NaNoWriMo.
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By Katharine Swan On Monday, April 02, 2018 At 12:20 AM 0 comments

Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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