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TurboTax is such a good thing.

While I was going through my tax return, the program showed me the table of tax brackets, mostly to show off the reduced rates. Bad news: my bracket's rate didn't change. Good news: this is because I'm paid so little I'm in the 15% bracket.

My refund is going to be just a little higher than last year's, by about the same percentage that my income is higher than last year's. Given the above, that sounds obvious, but given how easily things can change, I find it to be reassuring.

I don't e-file or get it direct deposited, making me very strange, especially for someone as computer-dependent as I am. I guess there's just something about getting a check in the mail. More practically, I'm so obsessive about my checkbook that it would drive me nuts to not know when it was going to appear in my balance.

As always, anyone in the area who wants to take advantage of my copy is welcome to do so. Just give me a call.


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Feb. 12th, 2004 02:28 pm (UTC)
Good for you getting your taxes done before the April madness! I'm always scared to do mine (fear that something will have caused me to pay... some years I pay, some years I don't - but this year I probably will hav ve the same as last year, the deduction that you wonder why they bother writing the check, because my pay is exactly the same and my student loans were the same).

We download our tax program for free (ok, D does). I'm loathe to ask him to do it before Spring Break because, well, because he's really super busy. Since I've moved in with D, I've started doing taxes March or later. Pre-D, they were always done by halfway through the second week in February (at the latest).

I get mine direct deposited because I don't want to take a chance of a check being lost/stolen in the mail. At my old apartment, mail got lost a lot. At my new house, we've got a box right on the street with lots of kids walking by all the time. AND, there's three of us, and somehow, my mail always gets lost to be found many days in the future.

Feb. 12th, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC)
Re: tax returns
I LOVE Turbo Tax...I actually used TurboTaxOnline. Basically the day the government started accepting returns electronically, I filed. I believe it was January 16th or 17th. I got my NYS return in about 5 business days and My federal tax return in exactly 16 business days. I did do direct deposit. It made everything so painless!
Feb. 12th, 2004 07:34 pm (UTC)
Re: tax returns
That's the main reason that I wish D wasn't so busy and could download whatever tax program it is that he downloads. We can't do them at the same time (because of that whle one computer, two people thing) so I may ask him if he could download it one night this week in his "free" time. Get me my piddly deduction, and par-tay! (Or, realistically, go to Michaels and pick-up the ribbons I want so tht I can make some ribbon barrettes..)
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