Mike Giangrande, J.D., LL.M.
Federal Tax Editor
What’s your preferred method of unwinding after a long tax season? For most tax professionals, unwinding usually involves locking the doors on April 15 (née, April 18) and making an escape reminiscent of the last day of school each year at the start of summer vacation. Some of you close the entire office for a week and leave comical auto replies to your e-mails (I know because I see the auto-replies come rolling in when our Quarterly Tax Update reminder e-mails go out).
Others go one step further and rent a cabin so deep in the woods that they couldn’t get a phone signal if they tried. All of us have tasks we put off that we must catch up on: doctor visits, oil changes, make up for the missed soccer games, etc.
What am I doing this year? Well, by the time tax season starts, I am just ending a five-month writing/speaking busy season, which I like to cap off with a three-month tax season. While your funny auto e-mail replies crash my inbox on April 19, I’ll be doing final preparations for the April 26 Quarterly Tax Update webinar. I’m not looking for pity, I love it all! I just have to wait a little longer before I can take some time off. But I discovered something interesting when you’re the only one working in the office the week after tax season ends: It’s a great time to deconstruct tax season while it’s all still fresh in my head: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
My post-tax season plans this year involve a three-day weekend in Texas where I will gorge on gas station BBQ joint brisket and sweat out the tax-season pounds my wife has told me I added, I’ll spend three days fly fishing in northern California, deferred jury duty, sinus surgery, and whatever other family adventures my wife has planned during the kids’ summer vacation.