10 Smart, Stress-Free, Sexy Tax Day Tips + 6 Tips to Get Organized for Next Year

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When you hear the word taxes, you probably don’t think of the word fun! When I think of tax day, I actually think of my grandpa as that’s his birthday. Ironically, or not so ironically, he’s the one who taught me how to do algebra and calculus, how to balance a checkbook, how to save and tithe, and how to manage a bank account. But I digress…

10 Ways to Make Tax Day Stress-Free, Fun, & Sexy

#1 Don’t wait until the last minute to file. If this post is reminding you that you need to get taxes done and filed, that’s okay. You still have 5 days left. But I recommend getting started today. Make a checklist of important papers you need and questions you need answered in order to file taxes.

Found this great little tidbit on SheKnows.com

TurboTax advices you file Form 4868 by April 15thif you’re not able to file your taxes on time. This extends your deadline by six months, or until October 15, 2013.

#2 If the budget allows, hire a professional. This will take a lot of the stress off you and your husband’s back. It will be more expensive, but it can save you a lot of hassle in the long run.

#3 Turn paying taxes into sexy fun! Pay taxes in the nude with your husband (of course, don’t do this if you’re involving a professional tax accountant… this only works if it’s the two of you at home behind closed doors).

#4 Reward yourselves when taxes are done.

  • Treat him to a sensual massage or a special dinner (either out or at home) afterwards.
  • If money makes you feel “icky,” take a steamy shower together afterward.
  • If you go out, put on something that makes you feel sexy, feminine, and confident (and don’t forget pretty unmentionables or maybe skip the lingerie… yes, I did just suggest that… *gasp*).
  • If you stay in, try dinner Adam-and-Eve style… or take off a different piece of clothing after every course (see how long you can make dinner last while building sexual desire for your spouse).

#5 Check out these awesome Tax Day freebies in your local area:

#6 If you get a tax return, agree to tithe a portion. God must come first, and investing in your local church reaps many wonderful benefits in marriage. Then, take portion of your return and treat you and your spouse to an evening out, an item you both have been wanting, a book about marital or sexual intimacy, or if it’s really good… a weekend getaway! (These are last minute Tax Day Hotel deals so they probably won’t work for you this year, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out there were Tax Day Vacation offers. Be on the lookout for deals for next year!)

#7 Have a spare dollar? Make these fun origami patterns with your spouse, or surprise your spouse with one as a gift.

#8 After you’re done with taxes, enjoy “accumulating wealth” by challenging your spouse to a game of Monopoly, or my new favorite: CashFlow (although the cheapest I was able to find this board game was $45.99 on Ebay so you might just have to luck out at a yard sale or thrift store. For more details about the game, check out Amazon’s description). For each property gained (or several properties gained), your spouse owes you a romantic/sexual favor of your choice.

#9 Stage a lucky day! Love this idea from the Dating Divas, and the idea can be modified for after Tax Day using some of the Tax Day freebie ideas above.

#10 For every $1 (or $5-10 if you’re paying a lot or receiving a lot), you owe in taxes or receive back in taxes, owe your spouse a romantic/sexual favor. Make a list together and space the favors out over the next few months (or until next tax day, if you’d like).

6 Tips for Preparing for Next Year

#1 Keep important documents (W2′s, paycheck stubs, 1099s, medical payments, etc) in a safe place as soon as you receive them. Keep them all in the same place so you aren’t hunting, hunting, hunting for them.

#2 Be open with your spouse about finances. If you have separate savings, checking, retirement, medical expenses, etc accounts, consider having each other’s passwords to these accounts. This will help keep you both accountable to one another – so you are less likely to keep something from one another. Talk regularly about finances, set up a budget, and agree to tithe a portion of your income together.

#3 Be sure to update your contact information with the IRS if you move during the year.

#4 Set up a reliable system to keep track of expenses (shopping, groceries, car and house payments, medical/dental/vision bills, bank and credit cards, phone/Internet, utilities, school, business, and personal loans, business expenses, gas, household items and personal necessities, restaurant/dining out  expenses, entertainment, and miscellaneous). My husband and I use Mint.com as a free, fast way to categorize and organize all our expenses and our budget.

#5 Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you need to. My mom had a friend in our church who helped her out with free accounting advice on occasion, so if you know someone who is an accountant, tax attorney, or just plain good with numbers (like my Grandpa), don’t be afraid to pick their brain! TurboTax also offers help lines.

#6 SheKnows.com offers a wealth of advice on tax time. Check out these helpful articles:

How will you celebrate Tax Day? How do you keep the day from being overwhelmingly stressful? Did you know about any of the promos offered on Tax Day? If you know of others, please share below. 

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