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Old 04-09-2017, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Groznia
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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?"
I still do sometimes---depends on my mood and whether I want my refund back immediately or if I am willing to wait...If you are looking to merge the two worlds (paper and e-filing)...the IRS has created FREE-FILLABLE FORMS at https://www.freefilefillableforms.com/#/fd if the .com part makes you nervous of hackers or anything then start here--->https://www.irs.gov/uac/free-file-do...taxes-for-free. These are the actual digitized 1040s (all of them with attachments, adjustments, amendments, and extensions) they are at www.irs.gov and you sign in and then fill them out just like your paper forms (only typed) and then submit them right there to the IRS. It speeds everything up beautifully...
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Old 04-09-2017, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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If my taxes could use a 1040EZ, yes I would do them myself but probably online.

But let me say there are no dollars I have ever spent that were more worthwhile than buying the services of a really good tax person. I over paid for years before I figured out that 'frugal' choice was costing me thousands of dollars.
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Old 04-09-2017, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Carmichael, CA
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I've always done my on paper, by hand. The only concession to progress I've made is to save the forms from the IRS to my computer so I can type in the amounts, then print them out.

I'm not comfortable with turning over all that information to a third party online company, even for free e-filing.

I looked at an e-file program. On the 1040 form, it asks if you had medical insurance. If yes, check the box. That's it. In the program, it wants you to provide them with your employer's name, address, phone, your medical insurance name, address, phone. Why would they need all that? The IRS doesn't--they already have the copy of the form and just need the box checked.
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Old 04-09-2017, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Groznia
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I've always done my on paper, by hand. The only concession to progress I've made is to save the forms from the IRS to my computer so I can type in the amounts, then print them out.

I'm not comfortable with turning over all that information to a third party online company, even for free e-filing.

I looked at an e-file program. On the 1040 form, it asks if you had medical insurance. If yes, check the box. That's it. In the program, it wants you to provide them with your employer's name, address, phone, your medical insurance name, address, phone. Why would they need all that? The IRS doesn't--they already have the copy of the form and just need the box checked.
That is part of the ACA Obamacare mandate...
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Old 04-09-2017, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Kansas/China
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I don't know anyone who does their taxes by paper. Between my businesses and investments it's too complicated and I use HRblock, I do it myself online however.
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Old 04-11-2017, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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I've always done my taxes on paper, and will continue to do so. I never found it hard, even the years my husband and I were self employed, with business expenses, depreciation, etc.
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Old 04-15-2017, 07:32 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?"
I did our's for years, but it is more complicated now so I have it prepared.
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:03 AM
 
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I will be going back to paper next year. I just paid $360. What a crock?
Did you not know what the cost would be before having the work done?
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Old 04-22-2017, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Me. It takes me 20 minutes. 1040A.
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Old 04-22-2017, 08:34 AM
 
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Sorry, but in this day and age I cannot find any valid reason to file by paper. Being old school is just an excuse. I'm a CPA and started out my profession in 1979 doing returns, simple and complicated, by hand. Electronic tax preparation is better on several fronts. It speeds up the prep process, lessens the chance of simple mathematical errors, and items flowing from one form to another are easier. It connects the dots with tax law, as most tax prep software are fairly current and correct with tax law application, although I have corrected software each year for calc errors within the programming. I embrace technology in my field of work.
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