Friday, February 03, 2006

Death and Taxes

Today, I talk about the latter.

My goal for the past I-don't-know-how-many years has been to have my taxes done and return in the bank by Feb. 8th. So far, I have not acheived this goal. The closest I've gotten was Feb. 10th.

The main reason for missing the goal is the fact that the home office of my employer is in another state. This means that even though they send my W-2 out within the legally required time-frame, it still takes a couple of days to get to me.

This year will be different...I hope. I got my W-2 yesterday, and had the Federal and State returns finished and filed last night.

How can I do this you say? Turbo Tax Deluxe. I love that thing.

My father-in-law got me hooked on this product by Intuit. I think the first year I used it was back in '98. The first year you use it, you pretty much have to answer a ton of questions about all your financial activities. It can seem laborious, but even that first "interview" is easier than filling out the paper forms and schedules. However, the real benefit comes each successive year you use it. It sees the prior year's return, imports all of that data, and allows you to make changes to it.

Another nice thing about it is the easiness in e-filing and direct deposit. Any processing fees that are generated from these activities can be taken out of your return or paid for with a credit card.

So, let the countdown begin. Will this be the year? Anyone want to put an e-wager?


At 2/03/2006 6:53 AM, Blogger Q-Tip said...

I predict February 9th. Lets face it those "tekkie" types do little work on Fridays, so you might as well have waited to file on Monday.
Given the work ethic of "Tekkies", you probably won't even see the check on the 9th, but I am giving them the benefit of the doubt. :)

At 2/03/2006 6:55 AM, Blogger Q-Tip said...

Oh and by the way, if there is a prize involved, I much prefer Steak to Song.......

At 2/03/2006 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feb. 8, eh? Feb. 8 should be set aside for more IMPORTANT things, like your BIRTHDAY!!!!!


At 2/03/2006 11:57 AM, Blogger iridium said...

No...Feb. 8 is the anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts.

At 2/03/2006 12:27 PM, Blogger Beefy said...

Go Turbo Tax Deluxe!!! We love it too, especially when it gives us money back!

At 2/03/2006 2:21 PM, Blogger Heth said...

I don't care which day it gets here. I just want the money.


At 2/04/2006 2:12 PM, Blogger liese said...

Is Feb 8th really your b-day?

At 2/05/2006 2:57 PM, Blogger T said...

I'm with qtip - I say at least the 9th... but I'll even wager to say the 10th.
However, heck, I'd take another song.... :)

At 2/05/2006 3:56 PM, Blogger Q-Tip said...

Oh my goodness T, do you realize what you have done????? Never, Never give encouragement to the "Man of Thunder". Alas, it may be too late, I'm afraid he is probably already composing his next ditty......Bring em on Thunder Man :)


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