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Joan TB (talk|edits) said:

9 April 2014
Worked very hard to stay calm this afternoon. Knocked over a glass of water on my desk. Missed the computer, but the water got lots of files, into the open file drawer and under the glasstop on the desk. Had to remove EVERYTHING, so we could get to the glass. Removed calculator, computer, phone, lots of files, removed glasstop, dried glass, cleaned glass with Windex (thank goodness we had some here at the office!). Dried desktop, took all folders out of the open drawer and dried that out (turned out there were lots of crumbs at the bottom - UGH!). Laid folders all around the office floor so they could dry. Finally have my desk put back together. I feel so tired....

Joanmcq (talk|edits) said:

9 April 2014
I had a point two days ago where nothing was working....outlook had frozen, my computer wasn't communicating with the printer, one thing after another....I ended up just screaming in my office a whole string of obscenities and having a temper tantrum. Just so frikkin tired. Take a nap, take an evening off. Get refreshed.

Wiles (talk|edits) said:

9 April 2014
The last 2 weeks of tax season suck. We are tired, our family is tired of never seeing us, all the work is hard. At least our clients know what we are going through and are very understanding.

Smokeytax (talk|edits) said:

9 April 2014
So good to share - being reminded it's not just me doing this to myself. Each year I'm sure I won't get through but always have, since 1986.

9/15 and 10/15 are actually harder, since there are no more extensions available.

Wiles (talk|edits) said:

9 April 2014
Joan TB, that is a funny story, by the way, especially the crumbs at the bottom of the drawer. It made me look around my office. I got paper plates sitting around with crumbs on them, several cups - not sure why I need more than 1. I have post-its all over the place with notes about something that was really important and I needed to get done at the time I wrote it. If only writing it on a post-it would make it happen. 3M should work on that.

Joan TB (talk|edits) said:

9 April 2014
Just opened another drawer about 10 minutes ago, to find more water. Guess I hadn't been in that drawer yesterday afternoon.

I was also having issues printing with my Lacerte last week. I had already spent an hour on the phone, and while we found a work-around, it still wasn't really fixed. Lacerte was scheduled to call me back yesterday afternoon (shortly before the water glass mis-hap) with a higher-up tech guy, and I was really dreading spending another chunk of time on this issue, but miraculously it all was working fine! Gremlins!!

And, Smokeytax, I absolutely agree about 9/15 and 10/15. My goal for this summer is to NAG (yes, nag) my clients into getting me their stuff. I need to be more hard-hearted about people bringing it to me at the last minute and STILL want it done before the final deadline. Seems like if they weren't worried about it, why should I?

BUT - the real treat for myself is I am going to Texas A&M University Friday for Parents Weekend, and what doesn't get done by tomorrow night will just have to go on extension. My son is getting his Aggie Senior Ring and there is a lot of tradition around that event, so I am going! When I saw the date a few months back, I just told myself that I wasn't going to miss it. So I booked our room and my husband has scheduled his day off, too. Since my husband is also an Aggie graduate, can't wait to get pictures of them both together with their rings doing "Gig'em"!

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

9 April 2014
Sorry Joan. I am such a glutz, I don't keep any beverages in my office at all (I'll snack on something, especially chocolate, as I wait for Len to send me my Hersheys Kiss). Comes from many years of being IT. You don't want to get liquids on that darn keyboard!

Joan TB (talk|edits) said:

9 April 2014
Yes, several years ago I did spill a drink on my desk and got it all over the keyboard that time. I guess I am just a slow learner. I'll blame it on lack of chocolate... I gave up chocolate for Lent (to strengthen self-discipline in my life) and it is taking its toll. Why oh Why does Lent and tax season have to be at the same time ?!?! But just a couple more weeks and tax season will be over, I will eat chocolate again, and all will be right with the world!

Nilodop (talk|edits) said:

10 April 2014
CathysTaxes, did you mean glutz or klutz?

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/glutz

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/klutz

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

10 April 2014
Len, whatever you want me to mean. LOL. I'm getting slap happy here. Joan, giving up chocolate for Lent is 'against' my religion! LOL. I couldn't survive.

Bottom Line (talk|edits) said:

11 April 2014
If one more perky person comes into my office and says "April 15 is almost here. Guess you're almost done", I just might strangle them! This has been the year from H*****!!!!!! They just keep coming.... I have one bringing in their laptop tomorrow!!! I've seen articles that paid preparers are down this year but I sure haven't seen it! ( I guess that's good but boy I'm tired)

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

11 April 2014
My issue is clients coming and their info is not complete or accurate. Then I have to play phone/email tag with them to nag them to get me their stuff.

Gazoo (talk|edits) said:

11 April 2014
The nexus of the problem discussed here is "comfort". Our preparer forces have been seduced by the comforts offered by our consumer society. What you all need is the whip and the spur and not the oat and the apple.

Signed: The Bespeckled Mr. Ed, Tax Preparer to Race Horses and Sworn Enemy of All Comforts.

Seaside CPA (talk|edits) said:

11 April 2014
Bottom Line, I'm sorry, but if someone brings their stuff in to me now, it is automatically extended. I used to be in a panic the couple of weeks prior to April 15. I finally decided these are adults, they know the tax deadline is April 15 every year, and procrastination on their part does not make an emergency on my part. I now put in my engagement letters that anyone bringing in their information after March 15 will probably be extended. I still got things in after then, but I certainly don't feel bad extending the ones I can't complete. I have learned that if they bring it in late one year and you get it prepared for them, they will do the same thing the next year! Extend it, and if they don't like it, they'll bring things in earlier the next year!

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

12 April 2014
My deadline this year was April 10th. Any return that is unfinished because it's waiting on the clients were put on extension. I do not spend all day April 15th, monitoring efiles.

PDXTaxman (talk|edits) said:

20 April 2014
"An emergency on your part is not an emergency on my part." -- Said the lady from Texas, name not recalled, speaking at the IRS conference a few years ago.

Joan, sorry to hear about your catastrophe on the 8th. Glad you were able to clean it up without a full-on nervous breakdown.

We've implemented some internal deadlines, and stuck to them, and they helped. We may tighten them up further next year:

March 15th -- last day for prior-year clients to have their prior-year lower fees grandfathered in by bringing us ALL of their materials including significant homework (we'll let it slip if they missed something simple, like a 1098-E, and then drop it by within a day or two).

April 5th -- Last day we'd promise a finished return before the 15th, again only to those with no remaining homework.

After that, everyone onto extension, and also a charge for anyone requiring calculations and vouchers for their extensions.

For the first time ever, I didn't have to make a post office run to the airport at 10 p.m. on the 15th. Yeehaw!

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