It's that time of year again...yep, taxes.
Every year I say I'm going to pull a Ned Flanders and get my taxes done early, and LITERALLY every year I end up doing them the day before they're due, which always reminds me of that Simpsons episode.
I love you Homer Simpson.
Fortunately, Turbo Tax makes it easy and cheap to do your own taxes. I've never had any problems using it (though I have big issues with the fact that we have to "do" our taxes at all thanks to the lobbying efforts of Intuit, but that's another story).
All ranting aside, the one thing I'm pretty good at every year is buying Turbo Tax ahead of time when it's on sale. Right now you can get the Deluxe download of Turbo Tax for $20 off from Amazon. Or if you're self-employed like me, you can get the Home and Business version on sale for a whopping $35 off. Kind of wish I had found that deal yesterday...Seriously, don't buy directly through Intuit. They're only offering $10 off. When will I learn to always check Amazon first?
Anyway, if you've never tried doing your own taxes, give it a shot. Turbo Tax really does make it very easy by asking you simple questions about your work situation and how much you earned, etc. Then the program automatically calculates the math for you.
Ok, now that that's over, we can concentrate on the fun stuff, like finding a good book to escape into once you've finished your taxes. Sounds like my ideal reward.
If you're looking for something fun and light-hearted, maybe check out this Debbie Reynolds memoir, Make 'Em Laugh ($1.99).
Or get political with Che Guevara's Motorcycle Diaries ($1.99).
And because I'm a sucker for German Shepherds and police dogs, I might check out this mystery, Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima ($1.99). I'm not a huge mystery reader, but occasionally I like to try a new series. My all time favorite has to be the Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn novels by Tony Hillerman. If you're also a reluctant mystery reader, those books are a great place to start, imo.
Anyway, lots of good reading options for escaping from tax season when you need a break. I know I will.