Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Finding My Tax Info: Part 2

Income Taxes|Paper Clutter
See  part 1 here of my Finding My Tax Info series if you missed it. Last week I shared how I tackled this nearly full box:
 
 
Turning it into this:
 
 
I have continued work on the box: taking out all my bank statements, reconciling any necessary information, organizing them by date, and filing them in my file cabinet. I also had several that were old enough to shred and discard on the spot. I also took out the check duplicates and deposit slips, organized them and made copies of necessary items for my tax return. Then I filed them away in a clearly marked box in the file cabinet. This left the box looking like this:

 
I am still not finished with this box completely, but for now it will do. I have to finish my tax info before I begin tackling magazine page rip outs despite the fact that they are bothering me and I am super close to being rid of a box...
 

 
This lid of receipts was also unearthed from the first photo of the box in part 1. I went through this piece by piece.
 
 
This is all that made the cut of being necessary to keep. I have no idea why I kept so many unnecessary receipts. I will NOT be keeping them all in 2014.
 
After all this mess, I finally have the majority of the info found for my taxes. Now to put it all together...
 
The upside to this is even if I didn't do any better about filing my paper as it comes into the house in 2014, it will only be 1 year's worth. Some of this dated back to 2011 and earlier, which is really irritating. I have no idea why I kept all this and had the effort of boxing it and moving it twice.

2 Comments:

At May 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM , Anonymous Tre said...

It's so easy to let the paper get out of control! I purchased an accordian folder to keep all my tax documents in. Once a week I force myself to sit down and put all the receipts into the folder. It saves so much stress at tax time.

 
At May 6, 2014 at 8:28 AM , Blogger shoeaholicnomore said...

This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing with me Tre. I will certainly consider this.

 

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