Step 0: Ensure that you have to file taxes in as many countries as possible
Step 1: Schedule vacation for two / three weeks before tax due date. Also ensure that atleast one person on the trip is from country you have to file taxes in
Step 2: Put in a reminder in your diary for the day you leave reminding yourself that you should not forget to do your taxes before you leave for holiday
Step 3: Check diary half hour before you are due to leave for airport
Step 4: Panic.
Step 5: Consider filing extension, but decide against it as you hit on bright idea - do taxes on the plane and all you have to do is to hand it over to friend who is coming with you on vacation and she can worry about filing it once she gets back into her country
Step 6: Forget to take a couple of required attachments and numbers you need to fill in form
Step 7: Needless to say, don't bother to spend your plane time doing taxes. Watch movies or go to sleep
Step 8: Last day of holiday, check diary again.
Step 9: Panic.
Step 10: Spend two hours in the morning in exotic country doing taxes
Step 11: Lament to other backpackers in the hostel as well as hostel owners about taxes. What better way to make friends?
Step 12: Realise that you do not have all the required forms
Step 13: Panic
Step 14: Bright idea again. Sign form and give it to friend. Tell her that you will send numbers and documentation once you get home, and she can fill your form with the numbers you provide
Step 15: Fly home and search for docs. It ain't there.
Step 16: Panic.
Step 17: Discover docs after a 3 hour search
Step 18: Send to friend required numbers and documents
Step 19: The funnest bit. Remind friend every other minute that she has to file your taxes as soon as possible. Tell her that you have not met a more inefficient person in your life and she better hurry up before the deadline.
Sounds like fun? Trust me, it is. Try it yourself.
PS: I know people. But first, let me do taxes alright?
PPS: BM, what are you doing reading blogs? Go do my taxes and file them asap. There is no time.