It’s ironic that tax day falls in April during National Stress Awareness Month.
Who doesn’t experience at least a little anxiety when it comes to collecting receipts, firing up the calculator, and filling out what may sometimes seem like endless forms?
Even if taxes don’t make you anxious, they still take time and can create worry and dread.
That worry and dread can spill over into our sleeping lives and cost us important hours of rest while we chase racing thoughts in the dark.
Many of us begin to think about taxes in late January when companies send out 1099 forms.
But April seems so far away, so we put aside the task while deep cleaning closets, shoveling snow, or watching basketball games all weekend.
Then we get busy with yard chores and projects with our kids, and Spring break arrives, and Wham! Tax Day lurks right around the corner, suddenly, like a scary man in a dark coat in the shadows.
Stressful enough for you?
This year, the news is all good for procrastinators! The usual tax filing date of April 15 falls on a Saturday, so it has been extended this year! You have until midnight on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 to file your 2016 tax return, which is a 3-day extension!
So, as you sit down to sort, calculate, organize, and review the numbers, remember that taxes may be stressful, but don’t let that stress interrupt your sleep.
Here’s a simple plan to get through the tax hump: