Tapping Away Tax Anxiety
Believe it or not I really like paying taxes. The 15th of April is the day before my birthday and I like knowing that the past year is complete so to speak when I’ve filed my income taxes. Mind you this wasn’t always the case. Like many other people who are self-employed I had fears around handling the responsibility of paying estimated taxes, filing my business reports, and keeping meticulous track of all my receipts. When I began to seriously tackle my long standing issues around money about 7 years ago though I knew I had to make peace with the idea of paying taxes.
This year because of a federal holiday the deadline for paying taxes in the US is today, April 18th but I’ve still seen plenty of folks who are freaking out about making the deadline or making the payments.
I’ve tried to recall all the issues I worked with personally and included several that I’ve helped clients through. Use this list as tapping prompts for your own inner work and set yourself free from this annual stressor once and for all.
1. Tap on feeling overwhelmed by the process. Sit down at your desk, pull out those files, and see what shows up in your body.
2. Tap on the fear of getting it wrong. Do you think you will make a big costly mistake or that you will miss a big tax break? Do you feel you can’t do it yourself? This includes fear of hiring the wrong person to help you!
3. Tap on the fear of getting audited. The fact is that only less than 1% of filers actually get audited. Clear this though because remember that this energy can attract this experience to you.
4. Tap on the fear of doing the math. Did you know that fear of math activates pain centers in the brain? If you have a history of math anxiety you might want to tap on those past events as well.
5. Tap on procrastination. I’ve stated this many times before in my articles but it bares repeating again – Procrastination is ALWAYS Fear. Figure out what that fear is and tap on it being as specific as you can be.
6. Tap on negative past events related to taxes. This was one of the keys for me. Many times in my young adult life I had the experience of not having enough to pay my taxes or needing borrowing against my return.
I had a client a few years ago that couldn’t make ends meet. No matter what he tried in terms of work and earning a living he always seemed to live hand to mouth, month to month. He also had a deep dark secret – he had not paid taxes in many years. We did some tapping on both the shame, guilt and worry he’d get caught as well as on the feeling he had that he was incapable of making lots of money. We also touched on the secondary gain of limiting his income on a subconscious level so that he wouldn’t have to worry as much about filing taxes. He cleared his fear, hired someone to help him come up with a settlement with the IRS and his income almost immediately doubled! This is a perfect example of congruence which I wrote about here.