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Old 03-02-2012, 11:34 PM
Location: Chemnitz, Germany
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I submitted my personal income tax return with the IRS electronically on Sunday February 26. It was a relatively simple return with 1040, schedules A, B, D and itemized deductions. No exotic or complex business tax stuff, just a typical form that someone who only has one source of earned income and some additional income from typical investments (bond and mutual fund dividends). I ended up getting a refund from IRS. I provided my bank routing number and account number on my 1040 form for IRS to directly wire my refund. The refund arrived today, just 5 business days later. Wow, that was quick.

In order to file electronically, I used the free fill in forms that the IRS website will lead you to. I am not going to advertise the company name that the IRS sends you to for the free electronic fill in forms to use, but you will see them when you click the icon on the IRS web page. In my view those free fill in forms work great. If you have done your taxes before the old school way on paper, this is similar but faster and neater, and it will also add up your numbers so a calculator is not needed. A few years ago, I tried Turbo Tax and a few other commercial tax programs, but I don't need to be spoon fed to do my relatively simple taxes.
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:40 PM
Location: In a chartreuse microbus
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Got my (small) refund in a little more than a week. I think many have an abject fear of the IRS, and many just don't want to take the time to do their taxes themselves. That's how the national tax preparer chains stay in business.
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