Monday, February 4, 2008

Hallelujah is the highest praise
or
Thank God for Turbotax - Tia

I do my own taxes every year. Last year I was studying to get certified to do taxes. (Can I just say that California laws are ridamndiculous. (Oh, and I'm trying to stop cursing. But it doesn't help that I find curse words funny. Amy Winehouse, by far, has the best cuss word ever but I REALLY try not to use the F-bomb. So that one is out.)) But I got so bogged down with work and trying to move back east that I never got around to taking the certification test. I was going to try again last fall but again, life and stuff happened and I never got around to it.

Now, I'm pretty proficient at doing taxes if they're fairly simple. One of my roommates back in the day was freaking out because when she did her taxes she ended up owning the IRS. I asked her if she's deducted this, that and the other and she said no. After I got done with her she ended up getting a decent refund which was good because she was getting married the following summer.

But while I know what I'm doing for the basic stuff I will NOT sleep on Turbotax. It is MAD easy and almost makes places like H&R Block obsolete. If you've got a bunch of deductions, and you itemize and you own property and businesses then PLEASE, let a professional do your taxes. If you worked one or two jobs, have no dependants and are taking the standard deduction, Turbotax is the way to go. And it's easy. It's actually easier than I remember it being in the past.

I was going to got to H&R Block this year. I had 5 w-2s, 2 1099-Rs (damn, 401(K) penalties), a 1098-E, moving expenses, and I work from home. I just didn't feel like reading all the pages on IRS.gov to figure out what I needed to file. But I kept seeing the commercials for Turbotax and how they'd made it "easier than ever" to do your own taxes. I figured I have a better than average knowledge of tax forms and they keep saying how user friendly it is, how hard could it be.

Man, Turbotax is the bomb.com. Not .net, not .org. .COM I completed and e-filed, my federal, California and Georgia state taxes in about an hour and a half. My forms have already been received. And if Turbotax is as fast as they were the last time I used them I should have my money next week. And hallelujah is the highest praise, I will have enough to pay off my Amex and Capital One (and close both because the borrower is the slave to the lender(Proverbs 22:7 New American Standard version)),buy the TimeLife Soft Rock Favorites and still have money left over the kick into my savings.

While I'm still thinking about getting certified to do taxes (everyone needs a side hustle) I'm thinking Turbotax is going to be the way to go from now on.

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