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Old 04-25-2017, 02:00 PM
Location: Vallejo
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When I was an employee, sure. It's not difficult at all. Now that I'm self-employed and have three times as many forms to worry about, schedule C, depreciation tables, eff that. I just spend $100 for the software. It's worth it at that point. For a simple 1040 form unless you've got lots and lots of investments you can probably knock that out by hand in an hour.
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Old 04-25-2017, 04:00 PM
Location: Haiku
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I used to do my taxes by hand, but not on paper. I put the 1040 form into a spreadsheet along with all the worksheets and I would fill it in that way in the spread sheet, have it calculate everything for me, and then I would fill in those numbers by hand into the 1040 form. We always filed Schedule A and D so this helped a lot. I only had to update the tax tables every year but the rest would pretty much stay the same.

The trouble is, every year I would get a letter from the IRS saying I incorrectly calculated something somewhere. Ooops. Sometimes it was in my favor and they owed me money, sometimes I owed them more money. I got tired of that and now just use Turbo Tax.
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Old 04-28-2017, 01:41 AM
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Irs.gov is free for most people who earned under $50k annually but there are some age and location restrictions. But, can always print out paper forms/read instructions on irs.gov.

I ran into a glitch on irs.gov's H&R Block website so I did have to submit it on paper for my small business. I didn't have a lot of income last year due to two illnesses & tons of medical bills...website wouldn't take a negative income from the business expenses. So submitted it on paper. No audit notice yet!

I do submit my state taxes on the state Dept of Revenue site or using paper forms. H&R Block website provided free by accessing link on IRS.GOV has messed up my state income taxes EVERY time for last 3+ years. The workflow tries to ********* into transferring your data to the state income tax form for $15 fee but is ALWAYS wrong.
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Old 04-28-2017, 10:06 AM
Location: 125 Years Too Late...
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I have no reason why you would. I like to though and am wondering if anyone besides myself does.
I did until the year before last. A few years back I started getting royalties from books I've written and the extra tax forms annoyed me to no end. So, I started doing it online. But I wish I could go back to the paper 1040EZ form; that used to take me about five minutes to do.
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