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Do You Prevaricate?

Do you? Or, are you decisive and go steaming ahead?

I'm normally a decisive sort of person - a job needs doing then jolly well get on with it. Except when it comes to the 'Tax Return'.
I won't allow myself to leave it until Jan but the ruddy papers, passwords etc have been sitting on my table for over a week now and I keep finding excuses to put it off. Actually, half the job is getting the stuff out of the drawer in the first place so I'm halfway there.

I think I'll just put the mycelium into the chopped straw and start the grey oyster mushrooms off first . . .
SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
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  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,295
    Snap @Uff ,

    I've also got a tax query to sort out ..... it's been going on for about three years now and I've still not got round to it. Thing is, they owe me money, so you think I'd be motivated.
    The thing that's putting me off is that the query I have can't be solved online .... so I'll have to ring them  :#
    The thought of all of that muzak and umpteen buttons to press before getting a human is just too much.

    So I've decisively voted with my feet to have a coffee and a bit of chocolate instead.

    Bee x
    Gardener and beekeeper in beautiful Scottish Borders  

    A single bee creates just one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
  • didywdidyw Posts: 3,542
    @Bee witched - I wonder just how much is owed to people like you, who they make to jump through hoops before they will pay out what is your money?  Bite the bullet and claim what is rightfully yours!
    I have read that many of us engage in displacement activity rather than do the thing we really ought to be doing as we do not like the transitioning from the state we are in to another state.  In my case it is doodling on here rather than getting into a state which involves having to take my clothes of and get wet (ie - have a shower!).
    Gardening in East Suffolk on dry sandy soil.
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,304
    Well, that all depends..........
  • BigladBiglad Posts: 3,258
    Self-confessed procrastinator here ;) 

    The tax return is a classic example - normally start it on the deadline day. 11.58pm is my latest submission :D 

    I was the same with exams - last minute crammer. I'll never change no matter how much I claim, "that's the last time". It seems to work so, if it ain't broke...
    East Lancs
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    Oh gawd help me cos no one else can. 
    I'll be clear, I really am the most decisive of people but after I'd posted I decided to put a camera lens for sale and almost straight away someone was wanting to buy it but he can't collect so wants to send a courier. I'm not keen on that, would rather he saw it. In the meantime 2 more people are interested . . .

    Telling you this because I put the dreaded 'Tax Return' back into the dining room. So, that's one step backwards and, as I said, gawd help me because I won't get it done tomorrow because it's the hairdressers and possibly town.
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • @Uff It's a shame that Tax Return doesn't actually translate as Returning Tax ( to you ).
    I can remember the same feeling of dread when the time came around so I'll wish you Good Luck - tho the trip to the hair salon sounds far more exciting   :D

  • LunarSeaLunarSea Posts: 1,871
    Snap @Uff ,

    I've also got a tax query to sort out ..... it's been going on for about three years now and I've still not got round to it. Thing is, they owe me money, so you think I'd be motivated.
    The thing that's putting me off is that the query I have can't be solved online .... so I'll have to ring them  :#
    The thought of all of that muzak and umpteen buttons to press before getting a human is just too much.

    I'm very familiar with your pain @Bee_witched. I recently had an issue where HMRC had done three things wrong, one after the other in different areas of my tax.

    They engaged in deliberate deception to cover up their manual inputting errors in the tax on my savings. Unfortunately for them, when I exposed this deception to the Government Adjudicator with absolute proof of their deceit, they had nowhere to hide. This was after spending months phoning, then raising a complaint with HMRC at level 1 and then weeks later at level 2, and getting nowhere. They had tried to blame a particular building society for sending them wrong data but a detailed time-line saved on my computer and backed up by the BSoc's audit trail put that to bed. 

    So much for an apology. I got a computer-generated letter showing the HMRC Director's name (but not signed by him) and £100 compensation for months of worry & aggravation  :/  

    Clay soil - Cheshire/Derbyshire border

    I play with plants and soil and sometimes it's successful

  • Balgay.HillBalgay.Hill Posts: 1,086
    Sometimes. Maybe.
    Obviously wealthy folk on here if they have to fill in tax returns.  :)
    Sunny Dundee
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    S'truth, I wish I'd known that @LunarSea. When my husband died I had his 'Tax Return' to do also and bearing in mind I'd never done one (finances were his forte) I got myself into a right old muck sweat even logging into the account. I was terrified that I might do something wrong and be sent to clink at worst or be given a huge fine at best. I had several conversations with HMRC, I completed the return and asked for a confirmation letter that all was correct when it was entered. This they did. However, about 6 months later they sent me a demand for £50 as they had under quoted. The air was blue but I paid it. 

    I know how you feel @Bee witched. I live in dread that I have to pick the phone up to them.
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,464
    I've got an audio book on procrastination to listen to but keep putting it off :#
    If you can keep your head, while those around you are losing theirs, you may not have grasped the seriousness of the situation.
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