Tribune: The emotional lifecycle of a tax season

Whether tax season ends on April 15 or is extended to consume most of the calendar year, you’ve probably hit each of these phases at one point or another.

Naive optimism
Workflow turnaround
time is acceptable, but
December’s optimism
has already faded
Backlog is manageable, but business clients
are taking too long to provide financial
statements. The few really diligent clients
are helping to maintain sanity
Panic is setting in. How will we make it to
April 15? I need a new career! Why do I put
myself through this torture every year!?!
I don’t want to do this anymore!
It’s killing me. Is Home Depot
hiring? I’m putting everyone on
extension and going to cry in
the closet with a bottle of wine.