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Poll results: What about you?

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  • I have the forms and do them on paper

    8 16.67%
  • I use home software

    15 31.25%
  • A non-CPA friend does them

    2 4.17%
  • I go to a local CPA

    9 18.75%
  • I go to one of those chain CPAs (H&R Bock or other)

    1 2.08%
  • I don’t live in the USA

    4 8.33%
  • Other

    9 18.75%
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Thread: How do you do your taxes?

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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
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    How do you do your taxes?

    With the discussion about how much money people get back, or pay in got me thinking about how do people do their taxes, or have their taxes done. Personally, I go to a local CPA that has worked very well for me.

    What about you?
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    Do them myself (and for Planner Groupie, my sister, and brother), file electronically using tax software.
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    Do mine myself, file electronically online. Typically use H&R Block or Turbo Tax online. Never had a problem, been doing them this way for about 6 years. I often check them on paper with the forms from the library and they typically come out to the penny either way I do them.

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    Turbo tax filed electronically
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    Cyburbian Planit's avatar
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    I go to a local CPA. She does a great job and I don't have to keep up with all the rules. Ms.P used to do her taxes (and her brothers) before we married and was kinda hurt when I just collected the info and took it our CPA.

    Now she likes not having to worry about it. As I understand it too, the CPA fees are deductible and she is responsible for mistakes.
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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit
    the CPA fees are deductible and she is responsible for mistakes.
    They are! Is that a federal or state thing???
    I will have to ask my CPA about that one for me!
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    Uhh, internet-file, without software. I can't believe that's not an option.
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    I do mine online with TurboTax. Very easy, very fast.

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    I do the CPA thing. Usually only costs about $100, plus it is deductible.

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    Turbo Tax on-line, for the last 5 years or so.

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    Turbo Tax at home, but I have to mail them in since the e-file doesn't work for me. Texas doesn't steal more of my income so it is pretty easy there, but this year I formed an LLC and need to figure out what I need to file for that.

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    Mom's a retired bookkeeper, she does ours. She used to do a bunch of them when she lived in NJ and made a nice sum (which she reported, of course!).

    Mrs. G did ours when Mom was in hospital and ... well ... let's just say I dread the day when Mom won't be able to do them for us anymore.
    Batter up!

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    I don't do taxes... but they tax the hell out of me...for everything... and they wonder why informal commerce is on the boom... they don't pay taxes... it's cheaper...

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    Me Too

    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    Uhh, internet-file, without software. I can't believe that's not an option.
    I do that as well, although I assumed the "software" option on the poll included that. I seem to remember that I still had to pay for filing electronically for the state- something like $10. I could have printed it out and mailed it in for free, but I was getting $$$ back and wanted the money faster, so it was worth $10 for that. Probably made more sense financially to mail in the forms and keep the $10, even with the time value of money.

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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    Uhh, internet-file, without software. I can't believe that's not an option.
    Quote Originally posted by Masswich
    I do that as well, although I assumed the "software" option on the poll included that.
    You are correct Sir!

    Since internet operations are run by computer programs, I thought it would be redundant if I included both.

    But it is a good question JordanB!
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    Turbo Tax and I mailed the return.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Well....

    I have a relative do them......decent value too and have never had a problem.
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    I go to a local CPA who has done a great job and barely even charges. The perks of living in a small town. I am just glad to be free of the hassle.

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    I don't have a Method as my husband always did them so I will need to come up with a new answer.

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    I've never done my taxes. My dad is an accountant, but uses Turbo Tax. He throws everything into the program, prints off the forms, and I sign. I really should learn how to do them myself, but then again, I get confused filling out the tax forms at work.

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    Our tax system is completely automated... meaning we rely on the government to take the correct amount of money from us!

    If you want, you can request a personal tax summary, and if you owe money then you have to pay up. If you are owned money they will send it to you. But if you don't request the summary, nothing happens.

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    Usually I use TurboTax but it depends on how complicated the return is. One year I had to resort to a CPA since I had lived and worked in 2 states and did a relocation which a lot of stuff is deductible. Best $150 I ever spent! Alas, I am but a poor student these days and just use TurboTax with the e-file and it's worked out fine and the money comes back pretty quickly.

    For those wondering....the CPA fee is deductible on your return.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally posted by JNL
    Our tax system is completely automated... meaning we rely on the government to take the correct amount of money from us!

    If you want, you can request a personal tax summary, and if you owe money then you have to pay up. If you are owned money they will send it to you. But if you don't request the summary, nothing happens.
    That's scary!

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    been using TurboTax for about 7 or 8 years now. Very simple.
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