March 12, 2007

Taxes

I have accomplished something on spring break -- filing our tax returns. I can't possibly imagine doing it on paper, but it is still a hassle even though I've done it with software and electronic filing for six years now. This is the first time I've done a return online, though, and that was nice (and cheaper for some reason).

There is the hassle of going through our documents and typing in everything, and there is also the element of fear. Yes, fear that I forgot something importan or misunderstood something. Because software doesn't actually explain everything, even though they mislead you into thinking they will. We have all these forms called 1099-G, 1099-INT, and 1099-WTF or whatever. Form 8863? What about Forms 1 through 8862? Did I miss something? And then we have to pay the company that does the electronic filing because the IRS hasn't figured out how to let us file directly in cyberspace, or else H&R Block has lobbyists keeping it that way.

Well, at least it's rewarding to get it done with. We won't have to pay Georgia this year, and we can look forward to buying some deck furniture for the spring or something with our refunds.

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