Archive for February, 2007

A Taxes Story

Unlike the majority of the populous, every year I actually look forward to tax time. Don’t get me wrong, the work isn’t all that fun, but the payoff is great–what can I say? I love getting my refund. Like most things, I was an early adopter of the efile. I think I have only done paper forms and snail mail once or twice in my life, and have never paid someone else to do my taxes for me. As soon as I heard that there was such a thing as efile, I was on board.

Like my father before me*, I have always been a TurboTax guy, having used both their online product and software. This year, I got access to either a discount to Intuit’s TurboTax online, or a free H&R Block’s TaxCut software. I have never thought about switching from TurboTax, since it has always been fast, simple, and easy to use, but free is always pretty compelling, so I gave TaxCut a try.

As always it took a couple of hours and some help from Chesney’s record-keeping to get everything all entered in, but for the most part, TaxCut was just as simple and easy as TurboTax was in past years. Federal error check: passed. State error check: passed. Then I get to the part where you file, and I get an error saying that Chesney’s SSN on a particular worksheet on my Federal and Caleb’s SSN on another worksheet on my State “matched”.

I double-checked, triple-checked, and tried numerous things and numerous times to get the thing to go through, but it kept coming up with that error. After troubleshooting for an hour while everyone else enjoyed watched the latest Gilmore Girls, I gave up and went straight to turbotax.com. I entered everything (again). No errors, no problems, everything was filed and sent in. I woke up this morning, checked my e-mail, and my returns were accepted and I should have my refund direct deposited in 10 days.

TurboTax, forgive me, and may my eyes never wander again.

* My dad was a licensed tax preparer