I feel like I'm a lazy slob who can't be arsed to do it until the last minute. That isn't me, that isn't my nature. I totally prefer to get things done early. But in reality, I simply cannot file until nearly the last minute. My little bits and pieces of paper won't finish floating through my mail slot until then.
The RRSP deadline was March 1. They won't have the final receipts that I need, for a while yet. And now I get e-mail from my Financial Advisor Dude that some of my thingies will be MAILED by the end of March. They, legally, have until March 31, 2006 to send it off, so the calendar will actually read "April" when they arrive.
In the last few years, I've filed too early and had to send in Amendments. I had to do that TWICE one year. I thought, for sure, I'd be audited. I thank whatever cosmic occurrences that I didn't. But the CCRA are not the type of people I want to try poking with an increasingly sharp stick.
At least I've started piecing it all together and that made me feel better. I'm doing it myself this year sans Accountant. My fluffy tiered marketing self-employment stuff is pretty straight forward. It was just scary to me last year because I had no clue.
Although, I'm not entirely sure how I should do my USD income. The Accountant Lady didn't put it under Foreign Income for 2004, she just converted it to CAD and put it in my Canadian Income section. Then she did the same thing with my USD charity donation (which I wouldn't normally be eligible to deduct).
I don't know if I can just do it the way she did it last year or if I should put it as USD in the Foreign section. It's not very much. Even if it's taxed at a different rate, it's not enough that CCRA would really want to squabble with me over, I don't think. The thought of having to sit on hold for hours makes me want to just do what she did last year. She IS an Accountant afterall and her business/contact info is on my return as the Preparer.
Note to Self:
E-mail the Tax Support Folks or give H&R Block a call to see what they say.