Fired up about tax time? Neither are we. But ready or not, here it comes. And when the filing’s gotta be done, a little organization can help make it easier. Whether you’re planning to file them yourself or meeting with your tax preparer to get them done, a tax binder can help keep your paperwork in order. Once you’ve filed your taxes for the year, you can also keep your documents in the binder as part of your tax records library. Here’s all you need to do:
Step 1: Start with the Right Binder
It may seem all binders look alike, but don’t judge a binder by its cover. Some binders are just easier to work with—like the Avery Durable Binder. It’s built to hold up to frequent use, and has wide front and back binder panels so your dividers and sheet protectors won’t stick out. The EZ-Turn™ ring design makes sure your pages turn smoothly, and they’re Gap Free™ so pages don’t fall out of place. And, Durable Binders come in all different sizes—from ½” to 5”—so you’ll find the right size to accommodate the amount of documents you have.
Step 2: Create a Binder Cover and Spine
Make your tax binder easy to identify—whether for your tax preparer or for you to recognize on the bookshelf. These binder cover and spine templates are a snap to personalize—just add your name and tax year, and print. For your binder spine, be sure to find the right size to fit your binder.
- Binder Cover Templates
- Binder Spine Templates
Step 3: Organize Documents with Dividers
Are you a homeowner? Did you make donations? Got receipts for medical expenses? Have you made investments? Keep your income statements, deductions and investment paperwork organized with Avery Index Maker® Dividers. Just customize and create your dividers with the free Avery Design & Print Online software. And it’s easy to label all your tabs at once with the Easy Apply™ label strip,—just align, press and apply. The clear labels virtually disappear when applied to give your divider tabs a professional, printed-on look.
We’ve got to admit, it’s hard to get excited about tax time. But with some simple organization, you’ll be ready to tackle those taxes—and getting them done will be a little easier with your tax binder in hand.