As always, I got everything filed that had to be filed by the deadline. It was close this year however as I was still putting the finishing touches on returns by late afternoon on May 2nd!
I filed 83 tax returns for 73 people this tax season. While this doesn't sound like a lot keep in mind that I generally do not do many of the ultra simple returns which have only a few slips and take under a half hour each. Most of the returns that I do are all day projects for each person and there are a few that are multi-day affairs.
Volunteer Tax Clinics...
I volunteer at the local seniors tax clinics on Thursday mornings from 9 am to 12 noon from the last Thursday in February to the last Thursday in April. Generally lots of fun talking to the seniors that come in to get their tax returns done and it is amazing how low their incomes are yet a lot of them still donate at least some funds to their pet causes. I did 50 returns over 9 weeks - I missed a week in March being full of cold! These are the very simplest of the simple tax returns for the most part as many of the seniors only have their OAS and CPP slips. They are not taxable and the only reason they need to file tax returns is to continue getting government benefits like the guaranteed income supplement and GST credits.
So much for posting to my blog during tax season. Amazing how fast time flies when you are busy working. I poked my head up for air and spring is in full bloom here in Kelowna. I will be more diligent in posting now that the March and April crunch time is done.
I have not had any comments on my blog posts. I tested the comment function just now and it does work - so I am guessing no one is interested enough in what I am writing to comment on it. In that case - could you please make some suggestions as to what would be interesting?
I have been watching the statistics for this site and the number of unique visitors has been ranging between five and twenty five visitors a day over the last two months. What is also interesting is that the number of unique visitors has been has been averaging 75 to 100 per week - there are some repeat visitors coming back to check out what I have to offer. It will be interesting to see what those numbers are next year after I have had a whole year to build traffic to my site. I am a numbers geek - I find things like this fascinating!
What's up next!
Now that it is May I am going to take stock of where I am (and update my on line status list) and send emails to those that have not sent me any information yet because they are so thoughtfully waiting until the worst of tax season is over to get their US returns filed.
I have very few files left to work on in May this year compared to previous tax seasons. I think I will have most of those wrapped up by early next week. I hope to have everything that I know is coming done by the end of May when my assistant goes back to his June to December full time job. I will still be available to complete anything you might require over the summer and throughout the fall however in between enjoying the sunshine, getting my garden in order and playing with my kids age 6 and 8.
Photo by Nan Lalande
Laurie Yoon, C.P.A., C.A.
My practice has evolved over the years to be almost entirely personal tax, and I specialize in people with cross border personal tax issues.