|Because taking pictures of my tax credits forms is|
more interesting than filling it in...
Truly. Taxes, while not actually fun, are not that bad. The trick is to be organized all year, and THAT is not so hard either. If you are sending invoices, you've got a copy of every invoice in a file. I assume. And if they are electronic copies, you have named them sensible things so that they will be listed in order. If you get into a habit of filing things neatly all year, then at the end of the year they will all be there, looking fabulous, and it will take you just a few minutes to add things up and jot down the totals. If you are collecting receipts, the same tactic applies. (I chuck all my receipts into a cute box under my desk, and from time to time I put them in order and file them away.) Be organized every day, and at the end of the year you can spend more time complaining about it and less time actually doing it.
Things get only a little bit more complicated if you have a portfolio career, where you work in different ways for different companies AND for yourself. I am a Tate temp, so I fill in a time sheet and get paid by them - And some of my National Insurance and so on comes off of that pay. So I keep my payslips filed away as well, and at the end of the year they go along to the Tax Peeps with everything else.
The Tax Peeps must groan when they see my forms coming in. I generally send a few months' worth of invoices and payslips, so that they can get an idea of how I work, and an understanding of why sometimes I make pots of money and sometimes I make none. The most important thing, for me, is keeping records at all times. That way, if I ever make a mistake or there is a query, I've got everything I need to figure it out. Or if needed, hire someone and let THEM figure it out!
If you've got any good tax organizing tactics, do share them in the comments. I am always looking for ways to make life easier.