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Old 01-17-2015, 10:26 AM
 
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You wouldn't be someone I'd take advice from on taxes
I do OK.

I was audited twice........they made no changes.

But, the auditor did show me how to claim all of our dog's expenses.

She noticed it was really our dogs in our ad.

Last edited by Driller1; 01-17-2015 at 10:57 AM.. Reason: Changed spelling of ad.
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Old 01-17-2015, 10:27 AM
 
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I do OK.

I was audited twice........they made no changes.

But, the auditor did show me how to claim all of our dog's expenses.

She noticed it was really our dogs in our add.


In your add? I'm sure you do OK but that changes nothing imo
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Old 01-17-2015, 10:56 AM
 
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In your add? I'm sure you do OK but that changes nothing imo
LOL......my mistake.

In my AD..........advertising.
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:32 AM
 
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OP, as a few have suggested....you've got your tax returns from previous years that this guy has done.

Get a software program, Turbo Tax or some other, and using last years return -- AND -- the built-in prompts that Turbo Tax has anyway....you should be more than fine.

I do think you have to pay a bit extra for the state return, too. And any local returns you'd have to do. But just take your lead from what was done last year...
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Old 01-17-2015, 12:59 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Heads up -

If you use the "Deluxe" version of TurboTax and you plan on E-filing, you might want to read this thread over in the Retirement Forum ...

http://www.city-data.com/forum/retir...es-beware.html
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:44 PM
 
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Heads up -

If you use the "Deluxe" version of TurboTax and you plan on E-filing, you might want to read this thread over in the Retirement Forum ...

http://www.city-data.com/forum/retir...es-beware.html
It's funny, I was actually hunting down this thread for similiar reasons. Long story short, the Turbo Tax Deluxe edition no longer allows you to file forms C, D, E, or F.

C - Home Business
D - Capital Gains
E - Rental Properties
F - Farms

So I take back any and all praise I gave to Turbo Tax. Avoid them like the plauge. TaxAct looks pretty cheap and H&R block doesn't look bad either(priced comparatively to pre-2015 Turbo Tax).

The worst part is the fact that they didn't advertise this... it's a shady move and one likely to cost them dearly(They've already lost 7.5% in stock price).
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Old 01-19-2015, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Greater NYC, USA
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I spend about $130 on trubo tax if some one told me they could save 1k in taxes just by doing it better I would pay the 400.

I need to get home and business and buy 2 states, that's why around $130 for the software alone, Deluxe costs like $50 and comes with a free state.
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Old 01-19-2015, 10:50 PM
 
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I spend about $130 on trubo tax if some one told me they could save 1k in taxes just by doing it better I would pay the 400.

I need to get home and business and buy 2 states, that's why around $130 for the software alone, Deluxe costs like $50 and comes with a free state.
Deluxe used to be a great deal, but I think most people that need to itemize(which is why you get deluxe vs basic) also have at least some investments. I think the majority of the old "Deluxe" market just got thrown to the "Premier" category. Price varies, but that usually runs an extra ~$30.
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Greater NYC, USA
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Man,Turbo tax is a rip off. Maybe I should consider some-one else just to punish em?

I have schedule C, multiple w2s and 1099s, some investments and 2 states, so who should I look into ? Tax act and H&R block ?

People are used to TurboTax, I have been using them for years, but with they are penny and dime you without shame.
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Old 01-21-2015, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Utah
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I do my own and I use free online software for both federal & state ,and I don't pay any filing fees. I file a 1040 & a Schedule A.

I filed my federal last Friday.

I file fed & state for several friends too. But I will only file 1040 or 1040 & Schedule A....anything else, I advise going to a paid preparer. I hate Schedule C and won't touch those for nothing. Too difficult for my tax knowledge and very time consuming for someone who doesn't do taxes for a living, or have a business themselves.
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