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Tax Day Aftermath

There’s one thing that’s certain about taxes – you’ll be filing loads of paperwork before, during, and after you submit them. (Hopefully, you’ve got a jump on it, since the dreaded April 15th deadline is this week.) When you’re dealing with insurance notifications, warranties, medical records and bills and more, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Whether you’re already enjoying your return or scrambling to put everything together, April is a good time to take a look at the critical paper records in your life and plan ahead.

The biggest problem with paperwork is finding a space with enough room for it. Not only do you have to store the documents themselves, but you have to find a smart way to divide them up.

There’s one thing that’s certain about taxes – you’ll be filing loads of paperwork before, during, and after you submit them. (Hopefully, you’ve got a jump on it, since the dreaded April 17th deadline is this week.) Whether you’re already enjoying your return or scrambling to put everything together, April is a good time to take a look at the critical paper records in your life and plan ahead.

The biggest problem with paperwork is finding a space with enough room for it. Not only do you have to store the documents themselves, but you have to find a smart way to divide them up. This can be time consuming if you have to dig out the filing cabinet every time you get an insurance notification in the mailbox. The more steps you have to do to file, the more likely you’ll be too busy to file.

The Office File-It does double duty here – it hangs on your wall in easy reach of your desk and has a folder for all of the month’s most important documents. Instead of going through the multi-step process of getting out the folder and sorting documents, you can simply put your important papers in your calendar. Then at the end of the month, the calendar page detaches from the pad and becomes a folder that you can take to your filing cabinet, sort as needed, and store. It also works well for tracking business mileage on your vehicle for tax deduction purposes – you won’t lose the mileage information if it’s written on the folder with the other tax documents.

Among all the other documents, you have the most important ones of all – ID documents like birth certificates and Social Security cards, your will and other legal documents, such as medical records and prescription information. As you organize your filing folder, make sure to put these at the front so that in the event of an emergency your family members will be able to find them. After all, filing something doesn’t do much good unless you can find it again.

How do you store your taxes?