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Old 02-04-2017, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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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?"
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Old 02-04-2017, 12:15 PM
 
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I can do my own taxes by hand but you can do them digitally for free so why would I want to do them by hand?
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Old 02-04-2017, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I have no reason why you would. I like to though and am wondering if anyone besides myself does.
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Old 02-04-2017, 12:28 PM
 
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I do mine by hand to practice and as a check for the software I use.

Do you know that filing online makes the process much quicker? If I can't find a free software next year because I make too much I may mail it in (this year I got to use credit karma tax for free). I also bumped up my exceptions this year to 3 and actually got a $0.00 refund for federal taxes!

Up until this year I was doing returns for a few people a year for free. But I like to "teach" them and explain the simplicity of it while I do it and I tell them they can do it themselves from now on. So far this has not worked for anyone and now every year a bunch of people still want me to do them.
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Old 02-04-2017, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I'm old school. I'm not comfortable or as comfortable doing it online as I am paper. I have in the past began doing it online but stopped midway. I don't mind the paper method.
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Old 02-04-2017, 12:41 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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I am amazed at how many people pay someone to do a 1040 EZ ! It is called ez for a reason. Our taxes are kinda long, so an accountant pal does it for us, but before we got complicated, I did ours by hand.
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Old 02-04-2017, 01:02 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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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.
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Old 02-04-2017, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Cheektowaga, NY
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Yup!

This year it may get a little hairy, though... my wife and I lived in two different states and had four different employers combined.
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Old 02-04-2017, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Haiku
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I used to do them by hand and our taxes were not trivial. We had capital gains, real estate gains, and itemized deductions.

But every year I would get a letter from the IRS saying I made a mistake. Half the time I owed more money, the other half the time they said I paid too much money. I got fed up with the whole thing and turned to Turbo Tax. But I am glad I did it by hand as I feel like I learned something from it. But it will be TT going forward.
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Old 02-04-2017, 01:39 PM
 
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keep in mind if you do it by hand and you have taxable income over 75k or so you need to do your taxes 2 ways . under the regular tax system and under the amt system . you pay the higher . software does it automatically
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