Monday, October 27, 2014

My Tax-time Secret!

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here. You know, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Taxes. Bah, humbug, on the last one.

Taxes = Sorting receipts. Scouring for data. Unfolding crumpled slips of slippery paper. Scribble. Enter data. Hours. Of. Time. I. Could. Do. Something. Else.

I don't look forward to it. Does anyone look forward to tax time? Maybe accountants get excited about sorting receipts?

But I now have an exciting solution. I found a way out. Of doing taxes?!!? Um, no, but a way out of the laborious task of receipt handling. Still have to file, but I am relieved to be able to relay on Shoeboxed for the bulk of the time gobbling tasks that messing with trying to get my receipts in order requires.

Shoeboxed.com - Scan Receipts and Business Cards

What is Shoeboxed?
Your tax time and accounting miracle. Seriously.

Shoeboxed is the best online platform for organizing receipts and business cards. Customers mail receipts and business cards, which they scan and upload into a secure online account on www.shoeboxed.com. Users may also submit receipts and business cards to their accounts via mobile phone including their iPhone, iPad and Android apps. Very sweet. My wireless HP printer has a Shoeboxed app installed so I can scan receipts and send them straight to my account from my scanner.

Shoeboxed is integrated with all the major accounting platforms, so it works with Quicken, Quickbooks, Wave, Evernote, and more. Oh, and did I mention email integration? Yeah, it does that too. Say goodbye to inbox clutter from online orders.

Shoeboxed also handles business cards and other non-receipt documents.

And then Shoeboxed has these little things called, "Magic Envelopes." And they definitely feel like that. You stuff your receipts in the envelopes, seal it and drop it in the mail, postage paid. These are... amazing. The whole drawer, box, or desk full of receipts disappear into the mailbox. I must confess, I got rather giddy stuffing my envelopes.

When Shoeboxed gets your envelope, they carefully scan everything in, make sure all the data is correct and upload IRS approved pdf images of your receipts into your Shoeboxed account. They will even automatically categorize your expenses into the proper categories.

Then comes the fun part. All you have to do is log into your account and pull the data into your favorite accounting software, or just use Shoeboxed to find all the data you need for all the lines on your tax return. Or give it to your accountant. Done.

As you can see, there are not many reasons to not like Shoeboxed and tons of reasons to get as close to being in love with an service as is humanly possible. I can not describe the immense sense of relief and elation I felt as I loaded my blue envelopes and dropped them in the mail. And seeing everything show up in my account, with no errors, was.... breathtakingly awesome. And getting the data I needed was a cinch.

So, how do you get started? Just go to Shoeboxed.com and create a forever free account in seconds. Take the Premium features for a test drive, which includes the use of the Magic Blue Envelopes, for free for 30 days.

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