#ThursdayThoughts: When you realize that tax deadline be creeping up on you!

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The Number Cruncher Allysia is laughing a little too hard on the eve of her GST filing target date…Luckily for her, she’s on track and won’t let deadline stress get the best of her!

Who doesn’t love the P-word? Procrastinate. We all do it. Whether we are taking a break from spring cleaning to brush up on annual BC Budget or freaking out over an internet outage on a beautiful sunny day.

But what do you do when you wake up from a sweet dream of popcorn and butterflies and of doing nothing, and realize that tax deadline is standing right in front of you, evil laughing and pointing its long, wrinkly finger, shakily, at you?

Pop a gummy bear vitamin and do this:

  1. Sit down: Remember that April 30th is the deadline So, you have until 11.39pm on April 30th to file. Know that you are getting a refund? Even better. There are no late penalties for a tax refund. You goood.
  2. Request the Homeroom E-Return: We can’t promise an on-time filing at this point, but at least it will get done by a pro so who cares.
  3. Listen to your favourite song: Facing the cold hard fact you have not yet filed your tax return days before the deadline can cause the heart to beat faster than a car from Fate of the Furious.  Take a moment to forget by boogieing to your dearest jams. It won’t change the reality, but it will make you feel better and straighten out your thoughts.
  4. Pay the CRA online if you still haven’t. You’ve got until May 1st and online payments work like a (fast) charm
  5. Follow @HomeroomSBS on Twitter for fun and smart posts. You might even laugh….and learn something new
  6. Don’t have all your tax slips? Homeroom to the rescue. Read  this ASAP.

You got this!

#FridayFeeling: How are we doing at the busiest time of year?

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While many tax firms slave away, droopy-shouldered and sad-faced, to meet their deadlines by working late nights, skipping meals, and glaring at their computer screens until their eyes cry, the Homeroom team is chill. Zero stress, no overtime hours, and everyone’s happy! And we’re hitting goals. So, what’s the secret to work-time bliss? 

 

“Want chocolate?” the Solution Seeker Alan bounced out of the office kitchen area grinning, holding a thin, rectangular package in his hands.

We all motioned, ” YES!”

“It’s green!” noticed the Gatekeeper Anja as she hesitantly broke off a piece and popped it into her mouth.

“It tastes like white chocolate,” added the Task Buster Michelle. She stopped and chewed slowly, looking half scared and half amused, seemingly concentrating on the flavours of the melting chocolate.

“It’s matcha. It means green tea,” confirmed Alan, who’s had green chocolate before and approves of its healthier-than-most-chocolate benefits. “Oh, wait! The package says there’s also white chocolate in there.”

“I knew it!” Michelle jumped to her feet. “I know my chocolate!”

The Lady in Charge Teya took a bite. Her face scrunched up. “Green chocolate? I can taste very little chocolate in here….”

 

It’s April, and this is our  busiest time of the year. For real, though.

 

It’s 3pm. The Gatekeeper Anja has one more hour left to go. (She is not keeping track but this blog assignment begs keen observation skills!) She had graduated from slight head banging to outsinging the radio that is blasting fun throwback beats from behind, like N’Sync’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” and K-Ci and JoJo’s “Crazy.”

Anja is working at a leisurely pace to finish up next week’s tasks. Yes, she is ahead and loving it. She stops to gulp down some fresh H2O, laughs about nothing, and continues to work. No, she is not stressed. She is happy.

Her phone shakes the desk gently and rings a chirpy tune to notify the team: It’s time to stretch.

As we get into our regular circular stretch formation, and open chests to the ceiling, Homeroom client Monique Harris, owner of Moksha Yoga East Vancouver, walks in. She pauses at the door with a smile: “Wow! It’s like I walked into my studio”.

The Number Cruncher Allysia stretches her legs to the water machine to fill up. The Lone Wolf Kevin has  just returned from his lunch break. He’s on track and feeling good. He stops to chat with Allysia about the sixth ROE he had to do this week.

Teya is powering though Homeroom E-Returns behind her stand-up desk. “I’m on a roll!” She even has time to leave early to pick up her son Jules from school. Thanks to our secure online tax submissions, there hasn’t been many tax appointments. More free time for clients, and speedier filings for us!

Life at the office is good.

So, how are we able to reach a stress-free, no overtime, goal smashing work pace? Because in the midst of a busy, fast-paced day, we don’t forget to stop and taste the chocolate!

 

 

 

THIS: Submit ALL your tax docs by April 20 to ensure an on-time filing (and happy hair)!

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Kudos for getting the tax-filing process started! If you’ve already received the final PDF of your tax return, you should be celebrating, not reading this!!

If you’ve been emailing with us back and forth but haven’t submitted ALL your tax docs, there’s still time!

Upload your tax documents to us by Friday, April 20, at 4PM to guarantee an on-time return.

 

If you are just getting around to doing your taxes, no problemo. Request the Homeroom E-Return here for a speedy and hassle-free tax-filing. No appointment required, and you’ll get the best Homeroom rate.

Complete our tax intake form here. We will email you instructions on how to securely upload your tax documents as soon as we receive your completed form.

Call the office at 604-739-9536 if you have any questions!

Happy long weekend, y’all, and here’s to meeting those deadlines!

 

 

Does the idea of dropping-off your taxes give you the smileys?

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As part of our fun and timely tax-filing blog series, we looked at the in-person tax appointment and the Homeroom E-Return as two great ways to get’er done. But not everybody has the luxury of sitting through their tax-filing or lounging on their bed and snapping pictures of their tax documentation and submitting electronically, especially with Netflix in the way.

This week, we cover the Homeroom’s drop-off option for the swamped and the practical. Simply, drop and go. Leave the rest to us.

 

Here are some pros and cons (Yes!! and Oh, Poo!) of dropping-off your taxes at our office:

 

“I’m a busy lady. If I was a fictional character, I would be The White Rabbit from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Wigged out, clutching a watch, and late”

 

YES!!

Homeroom’s drop-off option allows you to pop by our office anytime during our business hours to drop-off your tax documentation. The Homeroom’s lively team will offer you a cup of water to catch your breath while we get some of your personal information eg: Address, SIN #, and make sure nothing has changed since last year if you are an existing client. Then we will send you on your merry way to catch that appointment you’re running late for 🙂

OH, POO!

You could have saved yourself loads of time by requesting the Homeroom E-Return. Simply, snap pictures or scan your tax paperwork to us from wherever, whenever. It’s never too late to submit to us electronically. Unless it’s AFTER April 30th……

 

“Tech is wack. I need to see to whom I am handing off my precious tax docs. Even if it is the second priciest option you offer. Things get lost in the interwebs, and I do not want to see my  T4 sold on Craigslist to the highest bidder.”

 

YES!!

We hear you. Drop off your tax paperwork at our office to ensure it is personally received by our staff. Got separation anxiety? Stay as we label your folder and neatly put it away into the “to be filed” section in the back. We will offer encouraging words like, “It is in safe hands” and, “We will courier or mail your folder back as soon as we file your tax return.”

 

OH, POO!

You could have kept all your documentation and securely submitted all your tax documentation to us electronically from wherever by requesting the Homeroom E-Return. We would ensure all your files have been received and would have scheduled a phone call if your tax situation proved hairy. Next time, next time!

 

“I’m a babe-on-the-go. I’d rather drop and run. There’s always someone waiting for me, talking to me…looking at me..”

 

YES!!

Our drop-off option allows you to quickly submit all your tax docs to us in person. It is deal for anyone who prefers to personally hand-off their taxes but has no time to watch their taxes get filed.

OH, POO!

By requesting the Homeroom E-Return, you could have submitted all your tax docs electronically while having lunch at your fave cafe. Now you have to run and the idea of messing up your hair is giving you the freaks…

You are welcome to drop off your taxes at our office Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

 

We will be closed on Friday, April 14th for Easter long weekend.

Happy Easter!