WNCO's Matt Appleby Sets Personal Best! Taxes Filed One Day Early!

Income tax numbers at the accountant's office

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Somedays I even surprise myself. Today is one of those days. I mailed my income tax returns. That's one day early!!!! I know, I don't believe it either! This is a personal best for me. Last year I cut it waaaaay to close. I rushed home from work, got the forms signed and stuffed into an envelope and raced to the post office with only minuets to spare. I learned a valuable lesson that day. Don't overstuff a standard envelope. I was told if they were too thick to fit through the equipment at the post office, they couldn't be processed. Adjustments had to be made then, and this year larger envelopes were used.

All looked good, at first, until an error in the address on the federal envelope nearly derailed the whole thing. If it wasn't for an eagle-eyed clerk at the Main Branch of the U.S. Post Office in Mansfield, Kelly, the I.R.S. might never receive my forms. She spotted a missing digit in the zip code. Phew, dodged a bullet there!

So Federal and State are on their way and we should see our refunds this Summer. The city form will be mailed tomorrow. That one, for me, is more complicated. My issue stems from a member of the family working in one town but living in another that which only give you credit for a portion of what the town she works in takes out. Bottom line, we always owe at tax time and have to pay ahead towards the next year's taxes. I just need to make an appointment with a city income tax employee and get some things clarified. Clearly I'm a master of procrastination so God only knows when that will happen. Speaking of which, is there a support group for procrastinators? I would assume there is but the meetings probably get postponed a lot. :)

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