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Alicat
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0 posted 02-01-2005 06:00 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Yep, that's right.  Our copies for federal and state taxes got done last night, and this afternoon, after my SO's 2003 return turned up, I e-filed with Turbotax's online free e-filing.  And, naturally, their computations matched the ones I did last night. *chuckle*

Not bad for the first day of February.  Now we just have to wait for direct deposit to increase our checking accounts.
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1 posted 02-01-2005 06:30 PM       View Profile for Alicia   Email Alicia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicia

but wait ali,...you make it sound like so much fun.
or atleast nothing like the dreadful task that it is.
feb. 1? - you. are. good.


Alicat
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2 posted 02-01-2005 06:38 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Heh.  Don't I know it...ooo..mirror..um. Yeah.

My dad does this stuff for a living, being CPA and IRS certified and running his own tax prep business since 79.  And, one of those blowoff classes in High School did some good: MOCE, or Mathematics of Consumer Economics, which covered smart shopping, figuring sales tax, counting back change, and preparing tax returns.  I took another blow-off course like that in college, which dealt with mortgages, sinking-fund annuities, stocks, interest rates, savings accounts, and sundry real-life applications with formulas drawn from arithmetic through calculus and trigonometry.

And yeah, I love doing this stuff, just like I love cracking open computer cases and fiddling with the innards and building custom systems.  Only downside is that it's a rather expensive hobby.  As for tax returns, I've always filed at the earliest possible opportunity.  Funnest year was 2000.  Federal return, and 3 state returns since that was a rather adventurous year, living and working in 3 states which happened to have state income tax.
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3 posted 02-01-2005 08:20 PM       View Profile for Savage Quiescence   Email Savage Quiescence   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Savage Quiescence

I wish one of those blowoff classes was offered at my high school. The closest thing we have is an accounting course which teaches you how to balance a checkbook. Something like that might actually be useful.. unlike my calculus class.. *snickers*

So says the English teacher,
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Christopher
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4 posted 02-01-2005 08:23 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

i paid someone to do mine.

i also appreciated my little deduction this year.

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Sunshine
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How IS that deduction growing, Christopher?

It seems we have the taxes done by mid-February [the last W-9 arriving just yesterday as it was mailed on the 31st] but some folks believe in waiting until the last minute [or a couple of days before] to mail in their returns.  We usually "owe" a small bit and heaven forbid we get it in early.  Of course its in the news and papers from now until 4/14 at 11:59:59 p.m. so how can one "forget"?
Nan
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6 posted 02-02-2005 07:27 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

A bunch of masochists you all are...

I've been taking the EZ way out for a couple of years.  This time it's full "itemized deductions" year after buying a new property.  Gotta love those huge mortgage/interest deductions the whacked-out real estate industry is now giving us...
Alicat
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7 posted 02-02-2005 09:12 AM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

I was surprised at the inclusion of sales tax deductions.  I thought that was done away with back in the early 80's.  How I remember those times, massive manila envelopes stuffed to overflow with little paper receipts, culled for their precious sales tax.
Capricious
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8 posted 02-02-2005 04:18 PM       View Profile for Capricious   Email Capricious   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Capricious

I'm a deduction this year.

For the first time since I was a kid.

(which was ... um, a while ago)

Who'd have thought a tax return could be linked to your self esteem...?
Alicat
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9 posted 02-02-2005 04:31 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Heh...very true.  For our 2003 returns, had I known of it, or even though about it, I would've had my SO claim me as a non-related dependant member of the family, seeing how I was fairly messed up for 18 months, and all of 2003, from a nasty wrist injury.
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10 posted 02-11-2005 09:05 AM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

And the refunds are here!  "Oh joyous day, caloo-callay!" he chortled in his joy.' -- Lewis Carroll's 'The Jaberwocky'.
 
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