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Salamander's Overdue Tax Returns

I'm not even 100% sure how many years I am behind with my tax returns! There have been a couple of new computers along the way and I don't know what data I can still retrieve to find out where I even need to begin. I know I don't expect to have to pay any taxes as a result of doing this work, but still, I have to brave the emails in the "Accountant" inbox and find out where it all needs to start from...

Today I came across a Facebook friend who is also behind on her taxes and has given herself the deadline "by 1st October" to get this (and a few other things) sorted out in her life, but she was clearly feeling a bit dispirited by the prospect. So I 'fessed up my own situation and suggested I might adopt the same goal and we might be able to stay in touch from time to time to give each other a bit of support and encouragement when we find ourselves flagging. She agreed!

So now is the time to do a spot of research around this forum to see if I can pick up any tips on how to make it happen with least trauma to my lazy self! 

Welcome Salamander!

Please be kind to yourself and not label yourself with words like 'lazy'.

You are here to overcome!

You might be dealing with Demand Sensitivity and Demand Resistance.

Here are the PA Tools of Recovery

I've found this "microburst" method to be very helpful:

Thank you to movingalong

I appreciate you taking the time to remind me to speak to myself in a more positive way, and also for putting those links there for me.

Turns out my accountant is convinced I earned so little I can submit a nil return for the years in question, and I really can't argue. I tend to overcomplicate things when I am afraid of them for some reason (like working with figures). So this could mean my big project effectively melts away when the light is shone on it, if you see what I mean.

However, I will set another goal if that is the case. I am so pleased with the way I am starting to look square on at things and how they turn out to be smaller than I had realised when I do that. More another time, quite possibly. Smile


"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." (Anais Nin)