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do you do your own taxes?
« on: January 06, 2013, 02:47:24 AM »
If so which system do you use? Any one program better or worse then another?
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Re: do you do your own taxes?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2013, 04:51:41 AM »
If so which system do you use? Any one program better or worse then another?

Yes. I use a pencil and a big notepad. When I'm sure I've got it right, I use ink on the 1040 EZ. I still like to do it that way. I know about the electronic thingy, and I find the old way simpler.
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Re: do you do your own taxes?
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2013, 03:40:59 PM »
I use UFile. I prefer the stand alone version, rather than the online one. I find it a little more intuitive.

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Re: do you do your own taxes?
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2013, 03:46:39 PM »
I use UFile. I prefer the stand alone version, rather than the online one. I find it a little more intuitive.

Just a little reminder: this forum is not called OrthodoxChristianityUSA.net  ;) :D

True. :)
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Re: do you do your own taxes?
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2013, 03:54:46 PM »
this forum is not called OrthodoxChristianityUSA.net  ;) :D

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Re: do you do your own taxes?
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2013, 04:00:43 PM »
this forum is not called OrthodoxChristianityUSA.net  ;) :D

QFT!

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Re: do you do your own taxes?
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2013, 04:03:21 PM »
I've used this program since 2003 after I paid H&R Block $200 for a $3 refund.  Costs only $22 for Federal and State.  I don't eFile.  I have no complaints.

http://www.taxact.com
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Re: do you do your own taxes?
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2013, 04:12:26 PM »
In the UK, we don't do taxes. Revenue & Customs do that in advance, and take out their cut before we even touch our paychecks. If we have a refund, they do it themselves as well, and just mail us a cheque.

Only the self-employed need to do taxes; the forms are on the local government site and they are pretty straightforward.
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Re: do you do your own taxes?
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2013, 04:51:39 PM »
In the UK, we don't do taxes. Revenue & Customs do that in advance, and take out their cut before we even touch our paychecks. If we have a refund, they do it themselves as well, and just mail us a cheque.

Only the self-employed need to do taxes; the forms are on the local government site and they are pretty straightforward.

Lucky you. In the U.S., just about everybody has to fill out some kind of form once a year, either paper or electronic, even though our taxes are taken out of our paychecks each time too.  :D
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Re: do you do your own taxes?
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2013, 04:56:06 PM »
In the UK, we don't do taxes. Revenue & Customs do that in advance, and take out their cut before we even touch our paychecks. If we have a refund, they do it themselves as well, and just mail us a cheque.

Only the self-employed need to do taxes; the forms are on the local government site and they are pretty straightforward.

Lucky you. In the U.S., just about everybody has to fill out some kind of form once a year, either paper or electronic, even though our taxes are taken out of our paychecks each time too.  :D

Same here.

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Re: do you do your own taxes?
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2013, 05:01:18 PM »
In the UK, we don't do taxes. Revenue & Customs do that in advance, and take out their cut before we even touch our paychecks. If we have a refund, they do it themselves as well, and just mail us a cheque.

Only the self-employed need to do taxes; the forms are on the local government site and they are pretty straightforward.

Lucky you. In the U.S., just about everybody has to fill out some kind of form once a year, either paper or electronic, even though our taxes are taken out of our paychecks each time too.  :D

Same here.

I had to do it in Greece. As I had no income but my paycheck, it was relatively easy, but my mother, who has some land inheritance, goes to an accountant to get it right. It's very convoluted.
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Re: do you do your own taxes?
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2013, 05:02:50 PM »
In the UK, we don't do taxes. Revenue & Customs do that in advance, and take out their cut before we even touch our paychecks. If we have a refund, they do it themselves as well, and just mail us a cheque.

Only the self-employed need to do taxes; the forms are on the local government site and they are pretty straightforward.
So what information do they need to know ahead of time? For example, we can deduct charitable donations, medical expenses not covered by government plans (or reimbursed from any private coverage), contributions to private retirement funds, and a whole list of other things. It can be horrendously complicated. That's why so many of us use tax preparation software. Paying someone to do it really doesn't make much sense for most people, since these programs are so easy to use. Many of them are even free to people with low incomes.

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Re: do you do your own taxes?
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2013, 05:12:49 PM »
So what information do they need to know ahead of time? For example, we can deduct charitable donations, medical expenses not covered by government plans (or reimbursed from any private coverage), contributions to private retirement funds, and a whole list of other things. It can be horrendously complicated. That's why so many of us use tax preparation software. Paying someone to do it really doesn't make much sense for most people, since these programs are so easy to use. Many of them are even free to people with low incomes.

I don't know much about the system, but little of that would be applicable here. The state offers near-full healthcare and pension plans, so going private is an option you can afford and it's not the government's business to aid you. There's a range of tax credits, for which one can apply and be considered; most of them, though, are available only to very low-income people, and they don't apply retroactively. There's a very big crackdown on benefit fraud in recent years; just getting verified for child benefit (which every parent in the country is entitled to, regardless of income) was a downright nightmare.
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Re: do you do your own taxes?
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2013, 05:16:43 PM »
Does anybody else do what I do and treat themselves to a little happy celebration dinner after they're done with their annual filing?  :) It's one of the few things I enjoy about tax time.
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Re: do you do your own taxes?
« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2013, 05:22:43 PM »
Does anybody else do what I do and treat themselves to a little happy celebration dinner after they're done with their annual filing?  :) It's one of the few things I enjoy about tax time.
I wait until the refund has been deposited in my bank account  :).