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Subject:Death and...
Time:10:59 pm
One thing that I've always been thankful for is that my mother didn't raise me to be afraid of numbers. While most people around me fretted about their tax returns, she just curled up at the kitchen table with a pencil and a pen and calmly plowed through them. When I got to the point that I had to file tax returns, I did the same thing. Pile up all the data, sit down with the forms, and work through them. Check your numbers, then change the pencil to pen.

She also taught me to do it early. If I was getting a refund, mail them right away. If not, do it on April 14 or so. I'm not quite as good at that as she is, but the principle is sound.

It's easier these days than it was before-- I need neither pen nor pencil, and I don't have to do any of the math myself. I started installing TurboTax around 7 p.m. this evening, and I was essentially done with my return before 8. (OK, the fact that they owe me a big chunk o'change doesn't hurt my motivation.) I still need to dig out one piece of info, but other than that I'm finished.

I used to know a guy who paid a tax accountant to fill in his 1040EZ. No shit. He even made his living programming computers, so he had a decent head for numbers and logic, but for some reason he had an irrational fear of tax forms.

Wow, it just occurred to me that "kids these days" probably think they can't do their taxes without software, just like they can't function without an iPod and can't drive without GPS.
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crayonbeam
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Time:2009-02-04 02:16 pm (UTC)
I miss the days of doing my own taxes (even back when I used to work in two states), but I no longer have the patience to do ratwerks' entire form with him claiming Max, vs not, and then my entire form claiming Max, vs not. I suppose if I had TurboTax it would be easier, but since we all claim weird portions of the mortgage - not always 25% - we started using a tax guy.

He also did all the paperwork necessary for hiring the Nanny legally so that I don't lose out on my chance for a cabinet level appointment.
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essaying
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Time:2009-02-04 04:15 pm (UTC)
I resemble that remark: when Ben, who is filing for the first time last year, expressed dismay about the prospect, I just told him to go buy a copy of TurboTax and let it walk him through. (He's a renter with no significant deductions, a classic 1040EZ guy... but he only learned how to write a paper check last year.)
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bellaballanda
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Time:2009-02-04 05:05 pm (UTC)
... I love doing my taxes.... I look forward to it every year. I had started my taxes as soon as I got the first (of 2) W-2s....

So right now I'm waiting on a dumb form from school and then it'll be completely done....

At 16 I remember filing my taxes even though a) I didn't make enough that I needed to file and b) I was going to get less than $50 back...

Yes... I'm a nerd....
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whipartist
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Time:2009-02-04 05:20 pm (UTC)
OK, nerd girl... have you ever done them with pencil and paper, no calculator? :-)
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bellaballanda
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Time:2009-02-04 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yup.....

Math geek.....

I have to admit that now I use a computer just 'cause things got complicated (school stuff is not easy to do)....

But yea.. the first 5 I did were that way....
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whitebird
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Time:2009-02-05 05:01 am (UTC)
I still do my taxes with a pencil and calculator. If my life got complicated enough to where I didn't feel comfortable doing them, I'd hire someone. I don't trust programmers these days to deal properly with my finances.

But I'm a luddite, so what do I know?
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soakland
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Time:2009-02-05 05:41 pm (UTC)
For the last several years, I've just downloaded the fillable pdf forms and instructions from irs.gov, done the math mostly in my head, printed and mailed. But then I've had fairly simple returns for those years.
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