Its April 15th. Tax Day. Usually...

This year, 2012, we have til Tuesday April 17th to get those tax forms postmarked. Why the extra time? Today, April 15th is a Sunday. And tomorrow, April 16th, is "Emancipation Day," a holiday in Washington D.C.

I always say that I'm going to get my taxes done early. But, somehow, I always end up putting off the chore til just before the due-date!

The "most taxing" year for me (literally and figuratively) was somewhere in the mid-1990s.  I had to fill out my federal tax forms. Plus New Jersey. Plus New York State, and New York City (city use tax). On top of that, I was missing forms! I spent plenty of last-minute time talking with accountant friends, asking tough questions, and then crossing my fingers. That year, I drove to the post office, and got everything postmarked at about 11:45pm.  Talk about "last-minute!" I thought my head was going to explode! And, thats when I realized that it, literally, did not pay to have several jobs, in several states.  Especially, when those states did not have tax reciprocity with New Jersey!

The tax-filing clock is ticking! Use your "extra" time wisely!