This weekend, I filed our taxes. Good times all around.
It took about two or three hours, which isn’t terrible, I think. It would have been faster if I had a better Internet connection.
I started out using H&R Block’s online service. I entered five of our W2s, tried to hit "save" but somehow, everything was magically gone. After several attempts to recover that info, I gave up and started over with Turbo Tax.
Thankfully, that went well.
We’re expecting about $900 back on our federal return, and about $217 back from three states. As long as I filed everything correctly, we should have that money in our bank account by the end of the month.
In all, I paid Turbo Tax $90 for using the online tax stuff. I paid $11 for federal and about $24 for each state, plus sales tax.
I could have gotten all of the forms from all of the states and tried to do it myself, but I think it would have been way too complicated. Turbo Tax had me fill out forms I had no idea I needed to complete and send in. Without a tax guiding service like that, I know I would have messed up somewhere along the way. Plus, it would have taken me much longer than a few hours.
With e-file, it caught that the IRS didn’t recognize my last name (it had changed in 2007). So, I was able to correct the forms and submit it again the next day.
I’ll gladly spend $90 if it makess I’m more likely to file my taxes correctly and submit all appropriate information. I’d rather not mess up, get audited, and have my refund delayed.
Let’s hope I did everything correctly, and our refund arrives soon! Hopefully next year, we won’t get a big refund. I’d rather not overpay on taxes all year, if I can help it.
Have you filed your taxes yet? How did it go?