And the bad news is: MY deadline is March 15th. With other deadlines hitting January 30, unless I want to get fined for not getting things like W2's and 1099's in the mail before then. And in our case, we have at least 1 employee who desperately needs to do his taxes and get his refund, so I consider it a kindness to get my stuff out as quickly as I can......
By April, all my files need purged or my stack of papers for 2013 is too big to fit in the space I keep it. And in the end it all boils down to one red-rope accordion file with about 6 file folders inside given to the cpa and 1 milk crate of organized receipts in the closet. Amazing.
I have 1 large kitchen-size wastebasket in the office of papers I've thrown out in the process. Probably 3/4 of another by my other desk. Oh, and the shredder bin is full again.
It would be nice if at the end of this rush I had a day when I could say, I'm done, and take a day off. But sadly, one year slides into the next and I'll be busy getting things going for another year. Personal stuff is easy for me, I have folders set up already and as stuff happens that's relevant, I copy and file in appropriate place, and it's all ready for taxes. It's our company which causes me this much work.