Yup, its that time of year again. I doubt there is a single one of you out there that rejoice over this! But I have a couple tips that might make it a bit easier for you.
I am now keeping all my part of the white/yellow statements in the book--then only removing them at this time of year, so I start fresh each January. All the papers from this year go into a big envelope marked with the year and filed away. Less get lost this way.
In years past, I have found these statements with things like "to pay later". um, did they get paid? to whom? when?? So I make sure my statements have all the information on them even if I think I'll remember later. I won't.
I made my own artwork statements, so when finished with a commission or framing job, I staple a photo of the work to the statement, with as many details as possible--I can't tell you how many times someone came back to me 10 years or more later, and want to match what they have. Details, I need details! These go into the alphabetized files in the cabinet.
I print out receipts as I purchase online, and check it against my online accounts.
Altho I still do not possess fine accounting skills, I'm getting better each year, and its getting easier with just these few tips.
And as a reward for doing such icky work, I went for a ride, dashing thru the snow and all!