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Old 02-04-2017, 01:43 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Granted, I don't have anything all that complicated to do on it...
Few people do.
Even those who do have some complication have the same basic complication each year.
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Old 02-04-2017, 03:27 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I used this method years ago (mid-90's). As my taxes became complex, I hired a tax accountant that I used until 2010. Starting in 2011, I started using Turbo Tax.
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Old 02-04-2017, 03:48 PM
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I did for several years. I will start again next year. I need professional help this year.
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Old 02-04-2017, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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I used to do it by hand when I could use the 1040EZ. Now I use free tax software and the free e-file. I filed on Jan 24 and already got my refund.
LUCKY!!

We do it with Turbo Tax but hubby could do it on paper if need be. My brother does it only on paper and does my parents too on paper.
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Old 02-04-2017, 03:58 PM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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I remember two years ago someone - an acquaintance - who tried to file online had his identity stolen and someone filed online using his identity and got his tax refund. It's made me scared of filing online ever since.

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Old 02-04-2017, 03:59 PM
 
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I do it myself by hand and then use free fillable forms online with the IRS to file.

If anyone knows of any free tax software I am all ears, but it seems most of the free versions are either income limited or don't offer all the tax forms I need.

One benefit of doing it yourself with all the forms is it is much easier to see how it all works and where to make changes in your life to take advantage of the tax code for your families benefit.
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Old 02-04-2017, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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I have no reason why you would. I like to though and am wondering if anyone besides myself does.
I do and have since I started filing in 1972 with the federal, but I have for the past 3 or 4 years been filing the state on their website.

Ours hasn't always been easy. Sometimes 2 states, moving, etc. but I like control and this gets it for me!
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Old 02-04-2017, 04:45 PM
 
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I don't mean TurboTax or any programs like that. I mean: get the forms, sit down with the instruction book and a calculator, fill it out, put it in an envelope and mail it.

I've been doing it that way since 1981 or so and never saw the need to change. Granted, I don't have anything all that complicated to do on it, but even if I did, it is all explained in the book.

Someone I work with, who doesn't make much $, spent $180 on a tax guy last year and is considering going back even though this person will be able to fill out the 1040-EZ! This just blows my mind, being one of the frugal ones that I am. I have been asking every aquaintance, co-worker, relative, friend if they do their own and NOBODY does. I even had one co-worker exclaim, when he found out I did mine this way, "You know how to do that?"
Free filing online /shrug.
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Old 02-04-2017, 04:49 PM
 
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I do it myself by hand and then use free fillable forms online with the IRS to file.

If anyone knows of any free tax software I am all ears, but it seems most of the free versions are either income limited or don't offer all the tax forms I need.

One benefit of doing it yourself with all the forms is it is much easier to see how it all works and where to make changes in your life to take advantage of the tax code for your families benefit.
True. doing anything by hand the long way you learn. Maybe I should do mine both ways....by hand first and then file online.

I remember before always going to the post office or library for the booklets and the filing papers. But I have not done that in many years.
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Old 02-04-2017, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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We have a few times when we didn't feel like paying for tax software. Wasn't that bad- 1040A because of some interest and investment income, but we claim standard deduction because there's just not much in our lives to itemize.

It's just kind of nice to have reassurance from the software that you did it right.
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