The Danger of Rash Clicking!

If you have ever heard me speak during a webinar or live at a seminar you have probably heard me warn against rash clicking. The reason I warn you guys about rash clicking is that I have succumb to that temptation many times myself.

I feel that I have to share my story and tell on myself. I don't want you guys to think I am perfect. Yesterday, I was doing payroll and paying bills; I thought that I would go ahead and pay my 941 payroll taxes. I am setup for E-Pay with IRS. So I can pay these taxes within a matter of minutes. Love those words "Minutes Matter." Here is what happened:

  1. I was listening to "Lucky" by Jason Mraz on my iPhone, (mistake #1).
  2. After I completed payroll I noticed that I had an upcoming 941 payment due by August 15th. I thought I would go ahead and pay it. (Seemed to be such a smart move on my part and I have paid it ahead so many times in the past.) So I clicked the View/Pay button. (no mistake yet)
  3. Here it comes; I was singing with the music (so happy and feeling so lucky; no pun intended) I went ahead and clicked the "E-Pay" button without looking at all the fields. (Big Mistake #2)
Now because I didn't carefully look at all the fields my payment will be deducted from my checking account tomorrow instead of 8/15/09. I always post date the IRS payment and have funds withdrawn out of my account on the 15th of the month. I never like giving the government money before it is due and I am usually so careful about changing the dates on the payment.

I was so mad at myself, I turned my iPod off; I decided no more happy music for me for at least one hour. Sat there for a few minutes thinking of my options. My first impulse was to go and void the payment. Luckily, I had gotten hold of my rashness. I did a bit of research before I made what would have been the biggest Mistake OF ALL. E-Payments go instantly to Intuit, I checked my email and sure enough I had already received an email saying the payment was accepted. If I had of continued with my RASH CLICKING I would have been in a mess with my payroll taxes and that could have added another hour or more to my workload on Monday. I could have called Intuit and try to void the payment before it goes to IRS but I decided to let it go and not let it take "Rent any more space in my head."

The moral of this story don't try to sing like Jason Mraz when you are scheduling an E-Payment and look at all the date files before click the final E-Pay button.

If you have a "Rash Clicker" story you would like to share post a comment below. We would love to hear your story.


  1. Hi Debbie,

    You are not perfect??!!! Don't burst my bubble,ha!

    I am so guilty of rash clicking. I pay bills online and one day was quickly paying bills. About 3 weeks later I received two notices in the mail. One said I hadn't paid my original bill ,the other was a thank you note from a charity for donating $103.89! So I now slow down and make sure I'm paying the right company! Bobbie K

  2. That is really funny! I just had to laugh; of all things a donation! I bet they thought it was an odd amount. That is the funniest rash clicking story I have heard.