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Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1983)
Sun, 16th Mar '08 8:45 PM


And I'm getting a healthy chunk of change back YAY!

But it took my whole spring break to finish (NOT because I spent too much time during the year playing Sploofus instead of balancing my checkbook, or anything like that). And when I say balancing my checkbook, I use that as a euphemism for keeping my Quicken up to date.

I love Quicken and TurboTax online!

Now I have to go plan my summer vacation and how I will spend my tax refund!

Taco24  (Level: 142.4 - Posts: 589)
Sun, 16th Mar '08 8:59 PM

Same here!

Congrats to us all!
Yippie for vacations!

Chyenn  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1332)
Sun, 16th Mar '08 11:49 PM

i miss tax season! beginning in 1986, i worked as a tax preparer for 2 H&R Block franchises for a total of 9 years.

Then i opened a home office that i operated till i became too weak to serve my clients. i still get calls from former clients asking for advice.

turbo tax was my favorite program.. so user friendly and very thorough.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Mon, 17th Mar '08 12:35 AM

I use Turbotax online. What a great program.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Mon, 17th Mar '08 5:22 AM

Does anyone know what the average cost of having a simple (and I mean simple) tax return professionally prepared?

Alvandy  (Level: 242.1 - Posts: 7740)
Mon, 17th Mar '08 7:23 AM

I can't answer Felix's question with any confidence- but many communities have local volunteer tax preparation programs. In York, PA- our United Way is sponsoring such a program. It's staffed by mostly college students who have received training. Targeted to senior citizens and low-income citizens. It's free. Many people learn they are eligible for the earned income tax credit EITC-.

Check with your local information and referral service or united way to see if such a program is available.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Mon, 17th Mar '08 7:51 AM

Thanks Slooter!

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Mon, 17th Mar '08 9:08 AM

Just go to and enter your stuff online. Its free to try and only costs to print or download. If you don't like it, you can just abandon it.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Mon, 17th Mar '08 6:31 PM

Thanks Lodi. I did go there and had to abandon it as the section on 1099's wasn't very clear. Thanks.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.7 - Posts: 3847)
Mon, 17th Mar '08 6:43 PM

Without guessing at your income, I just want to remind everyone that people earning less than an adjusted gross income of $54,000 can file free. You can get the details at...,,id=118986,00.html

I recommend trying either Turbotax or Taxcut Plus. Remember not to pay for the premium edition if you can use the free filing referenced above.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Wed, 19th Mar '08 7:14 AM

Thanks Steve, but I make that much in tips.

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1983)
Wed, 26th Mar '08 1:07 AM

Just as a follow-up, I prepared my taxes online with turbo tax, filed electronically, and requested my refund be direct deposited to my checking account. I filed on 3/16. On 3/21 my AZ State refund was in my checking account; the US refund arrive on 3/24.

Gotta love the internet

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