The first year I did taxes, one of the experienced preparers spun stories about the madness of April 15th. Last minute filers, some with businesses, who expected to walk out that day with a return. But in my experience, it has never been that bad. I may get a simple return or someone bringing in info to finish their return but nothing worse. Lately, most of the returns have been picked up so the day is spent filing a few extensions and answering questions. And October 15th (or Aug 15th before the date change) was just like another day. Not this year! October 15, 2007 has been like an April 15th I heard about long ago.
At 9 am, I still had 2 large returns I was waiting on info for and 4 to pick up. By 10am everything was the same but I had had at least 1 call from everyone telling me they were coming and not to worry. By 11am, the clients with missing info had dropped by but neither had everything. Then the extension clients who hadn't been in yet started calling and dropping by. Not to bring me their returns but to find out what I was needing from them to finish their returns (everything). And there were people calling with tax questions, someone looking for a bookkeeper and a investment person wanting to know what would happening a mutual client took more out of their IRA. The pick-ups came in not only to get their return but to visit too. Several of those returns had to be changed to mail in because a spouse was not going to be home until too late to e-file. At 3:30, one of the MIA extensions brought in his info but it won't be done tonight. Finally, all the returns but one (the 3:30 one) are done and picked up and the phone has stopped ringing. What a day!
I have been on the tax forum Drake Software has for its clients and learned that I am not alone. For a large number of tax preparers, this has been a strange ending to the tax season. I still have 3 extensions that are MIA (I probably won't see them) and one who did check in with me and is working on his business receipts to get to me.
Tomorrow, I will clean up my desk and the files I have been piling on the corner and then relax a little. But there are CPEs to register for and self-study programs to finish. Then it will be time to start getting ready for January and the start of a new season. But right now the quiet is wonderful.