Why is it, the tasks you think will be the easiest frequently are the ones that give you the most trouble.
Case in point, at my part-time job I am in charge of the year-end accounting work. Now, this is a new job for me (I started in July) but the tasks themselves are not. I am very familiar with accounting software and year-end processes.
So, when I picked up a package of 1099s and saw that it came with three 1096s, the transmittal form required by the IRS, I thought. How wasteful, I only need one.
Ha, Ha silly me.
First, I had a printer alignment problem. Okay, shred that form, and run it the next one through.
All right, this 1096 looks great, let’s get the whole shebang in the mail…and I am just about the seal the envelope when I glance at my file copy and spot a typo. Uh oh, can’t send a typo to the feds. That’s form #2.
While fixing the typo, I notice that realize information was omitted from the form, which required I reprint the whole run. That’s another form. If you are keeping track you realize I am now at form #3.
Yes, I managed to use all three forms and still not have a clean copy to submit. I had to buy an entirely new package of forms, that’s right now I have three more 1096s, so that I could submit the documents.
So, my simple little task that I was positive would take me 20 minutes-tops, turned into an all-afternoon job that required a trip to the office supply store.
Uh huh next year when I’m buying the industrial size package that comes with 10 extra forms and I am will not complain about the number of extra forms. Instead, I will praise the forethought the company had to include extra forms for my inevitable screw-ups.
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