I have to admit, I am getting a bit of pleasure out of this stage of my tax preparation… Because we have our own businesses, taxes at the Clarke house are not particularly simple. We need to declare use of part of our home as a home office, and because of that, we need to keep track of everything we spend in the care and maintenance of this house.
I have a handy spreadsheet I’ve created for just such a thing, but I was very VERY bad about keeping it up to date in 2011. (read: I didn’t do it at all). So these last few days, I have spent poring over every last business and personal bank and credit card statement we have, and filling in all of those empty spreadsheet cells. The fuller that spreadsheet gets the more excited I am to identify trends in our spending!
My inner nerd is showing.
Four more months worth of statements to go, and then I will have to resist the temptation to play with statistics, and get started on the actual tax return. Boo. Boring.
The good news is that I have been keeping the 2012 financial spreadsheet up to date since January, so there will be none of this week-long statement-fest next year. I’ll be all prepared. And I can watch the trends as they happen (and hopefully adjust some of the more out-of-control budget items along the way… “Dining Out,” I’m looking at you!)
My love of numbers, but my dislike of boring things makes my relationship with income taxes rather complicated. How about you? Love doing ‘em, hate ‘em, or somewhere in the middle?