Why March 15th Makes Me Smile
We made it to March 15th!!! To some this date may hold little significance, but if a loved one works in public accounting, then this day is a big deal in your world. It’s a date that I eagerly look forward to each tax season and often refer to as the day I’m able to start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. For those of you who aren’t familiar, today marks the due date for most business tax returns and (in most years) it means we’re exactly one month away from the end of tax season. Thanks to April 15th falling on a Saturday this year and Washington D.C.’s emancipation day being observed on April 17th, we’re stuck with April 18th as the last day of tax season. In my opinion, those 3 extra days of busy season are slightly unnecessary, but hey the end is in sight my friends!
March 15th usually brings me a sense of joy, relief, anticipation, and thankfully a renewed positive outlook. We only have to get through one more month. The days are getting longer. The weather is getting warmer (or it’s supposed to be… hint hint Mother Nature, enough with the white stuff). I’m actually home to take my dogs outside and to see the sunset. March Madness is starting and my team is in the tourney! St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and I’m so excited to stuff my face with corned beef and green beer. Our annual post-tax season vacation is on the horizon and I’m wrapping up the last bit of planning for it. There are so many wonderful things pulling me out of the doldrums.
In January, I go into this craziness with a supportive and optimistic approach. Along the way there are struggles, setbacks, and times where I question how we’re ever going to make my CPA husband’s career choice work. And then, right on queue, March 15th rolls around. I’m revitalized with the reminder that this too shall pass, and what lies ahead is far more important than what lies in the moment. I’ve got one month to keep on chugging along. One more month until I get my husband, my partner, and my best friend back.
Life is good.