Tax Return Organizer Kit Giveaway
February 8, 2012
Filing your tax return is easier if your records are organized. When you fill out your 1040, you have to dig up all of your files from the previous year so you can enter in your income and your deductions.
Regardless of whether you go through tax software that prompts you for all the information, do your taxes by hand, or if you give all your information to your accountant – being organized still pays off at tax time.
Organizing Tax Documents
If you file your receipts and tax forms as you get them then it’s much easier to find them when it’s time to file your tax return.
There are multiple ways you can create a system to store your financial documents. It can be as simple as using manila folders and labeling them, or there are systems you can use that come with pre-set categories of documents. The one I’ve used is called HomeFile and it’s basically a set of laminated dividers with a top tab that tells you the category of document. On the front of each divider it lists all the potential documents that might fit into that category.
Whether you use a system or come up with your own, the main point is to figure out how you’re going to store your documents as they come in the mail throughout the course of the year.
Tax Kit Giveaway
The people from Office Depot understand the importance of organization. That’s obviously what they specialize in, helping you keep your paperwork and your office organized and categorized. They contacted me about sponsoring a tax kit giveaway on Money Smart Life and I agreed, who doesn’t want to be more organized right?
Here’s what’s in the tax kit:
- H&R Block At Home Basic Edition (Federal & State)
- Office Depot Reciept File Box
- Ativa Tax Calculator
- Ativa Flash Drive
If you want to get more organized this tax season you can enter this promotion by leaving a comment below with a good tax preparation tip or a story about how being organized/disorganized made it easier/more difficult when doing your taxes. You can also get an extra entry by subscribing to my email newsletter.
The tax kit giveaway will end on February 14, 2012, where a winner will be randomly selected. Once the winner is announced, I’ll need to have your address so Office Depot can mail you the organizers and the software, giving you plenty of time to get your taxes filed for 2011 and to start your organization system for 2012.
Thanks to Office Depot for sponsoring the giveaway, leave your comments below to enter.
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