Happy Tax Day (in the United States!). Taxes are a hot topic in the U.S. right now. Chances are, as we post this, the government is still arguing who should pay how much. And chances are also high that, in the midst of a recession, you are concerned about how much money you’re spending on taxes. Ok, let’s be honest, you’re probably always concerned about how much money you’re spending on taxes whether it’s a financial recession or not.
There are many benefits of working to include more postconsumer lifestyle elements in your daily life, but you may be surprised to know that adopting some postconsumer philosophies can actually pay off on tax day as well. Here are four ways that being a better postconsumer means a bigger smile on your face come tax time.
Stuff Purges, Donations and Charitable Write-Offs
One of the first steps to becoming a postconsumer who has moved beyond society’s addictive consumerism, or even simply reducing your dependence on “stuff”, is to do a “stuff purge.” Trust us, afterwards you’ll feel better about yourself, your home and your life. But you’ll also experience another benefit. All of that “stuff” that you just purged and don’t want can now get donated to Goodwill or another charitable location. Donations and contributions to charitable locations can then be turned into tax write-offs at the end of the year. Just be sure to get a receipt when you turn over your unused stuff for a contribution.