I know there are some creative writers around here and, while it’s short notice, this contest may be up someone’s alley. There’s only a few days left before your tax return needs to be in the IRS’ hands — but if you’ve got a great reason why your 1040 won’t be ready, Outright is offering a chance to win $500. The absolute best excuse wins.
I’ve heard some doozies from freelancers in the past, including one guy who simply forgot to file his quarterly estimated payments all year long. By the time April 15th rolled around, he was considering a new identity and a move to Mexico, just to avoid dealing with the IRS.
With the peaks and valleys that go along with the freelance lifestyle, it’s not unusual for something to happen with your taxes. Even one client sending a 1099 late or revising your 1099 after the fact can make a mess of things. But you can request an extension from the IRS, which is pretty much automatic as long as you’ve paid the IRS what you expect to owe for the year.
Personally, I’m just grateful that my CPA does my taxes. I don’t think I would get them in on time otherwise, and I wouldn’t even have a great reason to submit to Outright.