Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tax Time 2012

Its nearly April 15th and I have not yet begun to procrastinate about finishing my taxes. In short, I need to get it done this weekend in order to make sure that I get it done on time. Otherwise, we'll be in big trouble.

I've been working on figuring out whether or not there is anything that I can do to make it easier for the next time, but I think that the most obvious thing I can do is stay more organized. This particular year there were a bunch of things that were out of sorts:

1. Lost my W-2 and had to get it replaced.
2. Didn't get an appointment with an accountant early.
3. Wasn't sure whether or not I was going to be eligible to contribute to a Roth, and out of panic, took the money out. Then it turned out I was fine, and I should have left the money in! What an utter waste!

For next year, I will make some changes to make this process easier next time around.

1. I will avoid the roth entirely so I don't worry about the eligibility issues.
2. I will make sure that I get paperwork in order this year so that important items are not lost.
3. I will make an appointment early for an accountant if needed.

All things considered, it is not nearly as bad as it could be. One return is done and filed. Another return should be a piece of cake and then back to smooth sailing!

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Pug Rescue - Oklahoma

One of the things that I really like about the internet is the ability to connect to organizations and efforts that are often halfway across the world. One major thing that I have noticed as a change in my life has been when I got a dog this year. He is less than a year old and was purchased at an AKC breeder so that I felt confident in his genetics etc. However, that does not mean that I am heartless and don't understand the importance of rescue for animals.

In fact, one such organization came across my inbox today and I thought they were worth donating to since they were handling such a difficult situation. There are many dog rescue organizations, but this one really stuck out for me because it is the same breed as the one I own and also because the sheer volume really is staggering. Here are some links for the organization; please donate if you are able. I am sure they need every penny they can get.