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Taxes times three

Since I worked in two different states, both with income tax, I file two state returns plus one federal.  I’m not having fun.

This ridiculous use of infographics on the Rhode Island form makes it all the worse.  It’s mocking me.

I’m doing the pen and paper method.  Does anybody pay a tax preparer or use Turbo Tax or something?

11 replies on “Taxes times three”

You Washingtonians and your one tax return. 🙂

The Turbo Tax price tag started inching up for Federal plus two states.

But now I’m pretty sure it would have been worth it.

I vote Turbo Tax too! I filed my taxes this weekend and even got a discount on Turbo Tax through my bank.

I’ve used Turbo Tax for years, but I’m definitely going to a professional this year – with my severance, lawyer’s fees, etc. it’s way too complicated. I got the name of someone who got rave reviews on Angie’s List who I’m going to go to in February. (He’s a CPA in Brookline). If you want his name, let me know! Everyone I know who goes to a professional say it was the best decision of their lives! So there to all you Turbo Tax fans!

Ooh, a Turbo Tax defector. I think I’m just calling my RI return complete now. I’ve already spent way too much time on it.

I’ll want to hear how your professional experience goes.

i have used turbo tax and tax slayer and different tax professionals as well as going the pen and paper route. pen and paper is fine as long as your stuff is pretty straight forward, no big line item deductions or write-offs. the internet options are very convienient and easy and for the most part do a good job of finding you the basic write-offs that would not jump out at you with pen and paper. they do, however, suck you in with “free federal” and sting you with the super convienient add-ons. you pay extra for state and i had to pay extra for capital gains stuff. a professional is definately the most expensive route ($50-$300+ depending on complexity) but can pay off big if you have your own business, a bunch of investments or a lot of ins and outs. probably the biggest asset of a preparer though is tax planning for next year. they can give you strategies how to pay out as little as possible. but getting the right CPA is huge. just like any profession, a lotta losers out there. i am quite surprised though that you arent at least using the internets for this. all the cool kids are doing it.

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