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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by vfem, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Now this whole subject stresses me out! Usually I take all my paperwork to H&R Block and let them figure it out. However, it costs me like $500 a year to have them do it, and I don't get enough back to get enough of a refund to deal with those crazy costs.

    So this year I am going to try to file online myself, so I'm terrified. I keep reading about all these new rules, and breaks. I see 'talk to your tax professional' on these things a lot too. I'm tired of paying a 'professional' and not having enough left over to do home repairs or have a vacation... or put enough away in retirement where it belongs!

    Well, with a family and a business and questions and concerns and YES.... STRESS!!!! I decided here is a good place for all of us to come to ask questions, share what we've learned, VENT if need be, explain something we've discovered that can help others and all things tax related. I didn't want to put this in business since it will covered personal stuff too with home and family and of course room to vent! (Please share links to the things you've learned and proper tax documents ON the irs site.)

    Like I need to vent I learned I can't claim the siding we spent all that money on this year... because it isn't actually an insulation product it doesn't count! ARGH!!!! *vent* *breathe* *growl* [​IMG]

    And I was curious about using Turbo Tax (the site or software), I've never done it, but I'm thinking about it. What does it cost to use to do my home stuff, family, business ect? Not the free edition. Or would people recommend something different.

    What is your favorite way of going about the rush of tax time?!

  2. farmerlor

    farmerlor Songster

    Greg uses Turbo Tax every year with absolutely no problems. He buys the software I guess and then starts inputting all the info. They ask him questions occasionally depending on what info he's just listed, like has he taken the additional credits due to him if he really has that many kids. The software connects to your last year's tax info to make sure everything jibes-they wouldn't send it through for us one year because he'd put one of the kid's social security numbers in wrong-and then they will write to you to tell you that the return has been accepted and when you can expect your money. Keep in mind that I do not use the software so this is just my impression of how easy it is to work with but I can tell you Greg has filed for the last four years using Turbo Tax on the very same day he got his W2.
  3. HarlansHollowFarms

    HarlansHollowFarms bana-bhuidseach anns gára

    Jan 16, 2009
    I use www.TaxSlayer.com it is a great site and provide more forms than turbo tax
  4. mzrea

    mzrea Songster

    Oct 22, 2008
    I've used both Turbo Tax and HR Block's Tax Cut, both worked great for me. I buy the disk each year.
  5. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    I have always, always, always done my own taxes - I actually enjoy it and look forward to tax time. So much so that several friends have asked me to do their taxes for them and I happily do theirs as well! I buy the TurboTax software and love how easy it is to use. It asks you questions in an interview format that makes it reasonably easy to understand. Once you've input your information in answer to the questions, it fills out the forms for you with all the figures in the correct places. All you have to do is print, sign and mail. Or, you can e-File it right from the software.
  6. turbo tax has a free federal site to do your taxes. You can e file for free too. It is pretty easy if you have a some what simple return. Good Luck.
  7. Bantimna

    Bantimna Songster

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    When I read the title I was like oh Goody Golly [​IMG]

  8. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    My dh uses turbo tax and it went better than when we paid someone to do them.The company dh used 2 years ago charged him over $250! If I had been with him I would have walked out.I would recommend turbo tax.
  9. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Mine's pretty complicated because I run a small online business from home, I file with my husband and of course have all my little claims I do like donations, interest on the house and college loans. Hubby and I file together is all I know. Thank goodness this the the FIRST year we've been together he only has 1 W-2 and no 1099's!!! WHOOHOO

    We've done SO much work to the house last year we put in 1000's, but it looks like I can't claim any of it... doesn't qualify for the home-energy tax credit. Oh well!
  10. I have always used a local CPA. Costs me $225/yr, but he typically gets me about twice the return that I do when I try to do it myself. PLUS, is there is ever an audit, he is there to help me!!

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