What a great feeling!

@thorgrym (675)
United States
March 14, 2009 11:29pm CST
OK, so I have been putting it off long enough...I finally did my tax return. I usually try to get my tax return done as soon as I have all of the necessary reports (W2s, 1099s, etc.) that I am going to need to file my return. For some reason, I just kept putting it off this year. Well, last week I determined that I would get it done. Due to some legitimate delays, it took me until tonight to finally finish the tax return. I was a little hesitant due to some odd earnings this year as compared to previous years (due to disability payments from different sources), so I didn't want to do it wrong. As I started to fill in the paperwork, a trial version of Turbo Tax slipped out of the booklet. We had gotten this in the mail but I had forgotten about it. Well, I figured it was worth giving it a shot. In less than an hour, I had not only completed my tax returns for both state and federal but I had e-filed them and I am now awaiting my refund! The Turbo Tax trial allowed my to complete my tax return and then decide if I wanted to purchase the product. Given the fact that my refund was probably about $1,000 more than it would have been had I done it manually plus given the time savings, I had no problem purchasing it. When all is said and done, I feel a whole lot better about things now that the tax return is no longer hanging over my head!
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@snowneo (116)
• Canada
15 Mar 09
Congrats on the nice return. I usually get anywhere from $1,000-$2,00. Its great that you are able to do your taxes yourself. I personally use H&R Block to do mine, as I am afraid to make a huge mistake and get dinged for it.
@thorgrym (675)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I have always done it myself - just my stubborn nature, I guess. I was a little concerned this year due to the changed nature of my income. I have never dealt with disability payments before. Last year, I actually made a mistake on my return in that I claimed too small a refund! The IRS actually came to me and said, "We owe you more! Here is an extra check!" I was blown away! I guess that I just figured that any mistakes in their favor are overlooked. As it is, I am looking at a refund of about $5,000.00 this year!
@BinaryKat (735)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I agree! As soon as I have gotten all my W2s I decided to e-file this year instead of doing the paper and pencil route. It was so easy to use the Turbo Tax system and I will use it again next year. It was much easier for it to figure it out and being able to have it direct deposit was cool too. I got a nice little refund and used it to get a new couch and take care of bills.
@thorgrym (675)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I always e-file, even if I do the paperwork. It makes so much sense. I usually do the paperwork as a dry run and so that I have a 'copy' of the tax return. With Turbo Tax, it creates a PDF copy of the return for me, so there was no need to do it myself. Pretty cool! Direct deposit is such a wonderful thing, too! So much faster to get the refund than to have to wait for a check in the mail. I think that when I get my refund, like you most of it is going to pay off some bills. I do need a new recliner, though. With my disability, I spend a lot of time in my recliner and it is starting to fall apart! The extra refund that I am getting due to using Turbo Tax is a good rationalization to get a new one.
@GardenGerty (158076)
• United States
16 Mar 09
We have used Turbo tax for the last three or four years and find it to be very helpful. It is a great feeling to get it all done, I know.
@maezee (41996)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Good job and congratulations on that huge return! Awesome. . I've always been curious as to whether or not those online-tax services (like Turbo Tax/Tax Act/etc) actually work and are reliable, but it's good to know you've had luck with it!
@thorgrym (675)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I usually don't like to pay for anything that I can do for free, so I am not usually one to use these things either. I think that I was expecting a little more complexity this year and had it at my fingertips, so I tried it. Normally, I don't itemize my deductions, but with Turbo Tax it was easy and it turned out to be a lot better than the standard deduction - well worth the cost of the program.