Americans face 4 very different kinds of stresses during tax season. I call them the “April 14 stress”, “April 15 stress”, “April 16 stress”, and “April 17 stress”.
April 14 tax stress
In the weeks and months leading up to the April 15 tax deadline, you (and most other Americans) will be facing the stress of tax preparation. There’s the effort of gathering paperwork, pouring through difficult-to-understand tax forms, juggling paper and a calculator, and hoping desperately that you don’t have to pay taxes this year. The stress comes from finding the time to do taxes and then from trying to figure out each separate line in your tax return.
April 15 tax stress
No sooner is that stress over then the next stressor appears: April 15 is tax deadline day. Most Americans just barely squeak their tax returns in on time and the stress of trying to get it done and rushing through those last minute calculations feels rushed. Did you get everything? What if you didn’t do something correctly? You vow to do your taxes earlier next year (but who has the time?)
April 16 tax stress
Fortunately, not everyone feels this stress, but many people do. If you owe tax and you have to pay it, guess what: your bank account may be drained on this day to cover the check you wrote for your taxes. That’s stressful as you watch your tiny nest egg now devoured. Goodbye to that new sofabed you were hoping for.
April 17 tax stress
Have you ever played roulette and hoped desperately that the ball lands on your number? April 17 tax stress is the opposite: It’s audit stress. You hope desperate that you don’t get picked for the probing and invasive procedure known as the tax audit. And realistically, this stress doesn’t go away on April 18; it hangs over us like a cloud every single day.
If you’re facing these stresses, you’ll find some good advice for handling the April 14 and April 17 tax stress in this guide to avoid an IRS tax audit.
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