Creation took seven days, I reason, so the fact that we can get the taxes done in four seems to me quite the miracle.
Day One: We are in the store and come out of denial long enough to buy Turbo Tax.
Day Two: I keep all deductable expenses for the year in a special envelope in the desk drawer right next to the computer so I don't lose them. Still, it doesn't seem to help; some paper or another is always missing.
Day 3: DH will get the program installed, make me a pot of coffe, and then go hide on the lanai while I enter all the information into the program. We tried exporting info from our money program into Turbo Tax once and that year, it took about two weeks to correct everything, so we now enter everything this way.
DH is hiding because as I enter the figures, I'm continuously muttering, "My gawd, honey, we made blippety thousand dollars last year between the two of us and we're BROKE???!! How can that BE?"
Day 3: When I'm finished, he'll come back in and go over the final review and discover that we still have about 3 more vital pieces of paper missing, so he sits at the computer and questions all my entries while I frantically turn the office upside-down clawing through bank statements to find the missing papers, all the while answering his questions, and then fading off to, "...blippety THOUSAND Dollars. Where did it go?"
And he's sitting there grunting and cursing as he tries to tweak the deductions over to our favor, right down to trying to recall how many pairs of work shoes we bought.
Trust me, this process is not pretty to watch.
It's actually quite.....