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(The News & Observer (NC))   Didn't get your taxes done in time for April 15th? Relax, you have until Tuesday. No, really   ( newsobserver.com) divider line
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2017-04-15 11:27:10 AM  
I'm a traditionalist. I wait until April 15th to mail in my return. And I do them myself -- long form, itemized deductions. It's really not that difficult, and I see no reason to pay someone to a) do it for me, or b) file it for me.
 
2017-04-15 11:47:43 AM  
YES! YES!
 
2017-04-15 11:55:52 AM  
File extension, do taxes at leisure.

My husband had been paying an accountant.  I explained that since we no longer run an office out of the home, no longer have business related auto expenses, plus the uncovered medical expenses and interest paid on the mortgage didn't come close to the standard deduction for married filing joint, we may as well just go with a 1040A this year and I'll do it myself.
 
2017-04-15 12:56:02 PM  
Who didn't know this? I mean, inside the U.S.
 
2017-04-15 12:57:24 PM  
Our landlord is also a tax preparer so unless it's an emergency situation we don't bother him this time of the year. We understand how busy he is.
 
2017-04-15 01:11:32 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Our landlord is also a tax preparer so unless it's an emergency situation we don't bother him this time of the year. We understand how busy he is.


I understand this mentality; however, if he can't do both jobs, he should either quit one or hire someone to do one of them.

Seriously. People depend on people to do their jobs. Don't bring your incompetence to work.
 
2017-04-15 01:26:32 PM  
I can write off my $5 a month as medical expenses, since I post in the Advice tab when I have an ailment, right?
 
2017-04-15 01:37:07 PM  
I'm surprised Republicans haven't found a way to keep DC from celebrating an Emancipation Day.
 
2017-04-15 01:40:10 PM  
Don't forget to pay your Obamacare penalties you bumfarkers
 
2017-04-15 01:41:20 PM  

12349876: I'm surprised Republicans haven't found a way to keep DC from celebrating an Emancipation Day.


They have a different day to promote the "Taxes am evil!" garbage.
 
2017-04-15 01:43:30 PM  

mama2tnt: Bathia_Mapes: Our landlord is also a tax preparer so unless it's an emergency situation we don't bother him this time of the year. We understand how busy he is.

I understand this mentality; however, if he can't do both jobs, he should either quit one or hire someone to do one of them.

Seriously. People depend on people to do their jobs. Don't bring your incompetence to work.


He's always on top of any and all repairs, work, etc. that needs to be done. And if for some reason he can't take care of something on his own he will hire someone.

We had a big problem with moles tearing up our backyard last year as did our neighbor (we live in a duplex). Joel set some traps but never caught any so he hired an exterminator.

Landscaping needs to be done? A landscaper is out here every other Tuesday.

Exterior needs to be powerwashed & painted? He hired someone. He knows his limits and doesn't hesitate to hire someone more knowledgeable to do the job.

He's one of the best landlords we've had in years with being responsive when there's a problem and quite frankly he's just an all-around nice guy so as I said earlier, we understand that he can't always respond immediately to non-emergency repairs/fixes.


Having lived at one place for nearly 10 years where the property management was basically useless and minor repairs turned into major repairs (i.e. dime-sized hole in dining room ceiling turned into a fist-sized hole by the time it was patched 2-years later). It was rare for them to have maintenance staff that lasted longer than a couple of months & most of the ones hired had little experience & ended up being fired for botching repairs. The experienced ones moved on to better jobs after tiring of the bullsh*t cheapskate property managers.
 
2017-04-15 01:44:17 PM  
For over a decade, I have been using Turbo Tax.  Download it, answer the questions (honestly), and hit 'send".  I have no idea what it's doing, or if it's done right, but I haven't been audited yet.  Sent it in last night.
 
2017-04-15 01:46:02 PM  
Just finished mine a few minutes ago.  Instead of the usual having to pay 1 or 2k, getting about 2k back.  Free money!

/More like paying 2k more down on debt
 
2017-04-15 01:50:12 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-04-15 01:57:49 PM  
I did my tax returns as soon as I got the W-2s so I would have the money to get a new computer.

/I haven't bought it yet.
 
2017-04-15 01:59:04 PM  

HighlanderRPI: I can write off my $5 a month as medical expenses, since I post in the Advice tab when I have an ailment, right?


Question,, a TF acct is 5$ a month ??  What are the benefits ?  What's the difference between what I see and what a TFr sees ?  Other than "the light"
 
2017-04-15 02:00:41 PM  
Did mine last month, got my federal back in a few weeks and got my state back this week. Doubt the roommate has even started yet, she still has to mail in last year's , it's still on the counter, unsigned in an envelope.
 
2017-04-15 02:02:28 PM  

zpaul: HighlanderRPI: I can write off my $5 a month as medical expenses, since I post in the Advice tab when I have an ailment, right?

Question,, a TF acct is 5$ a month ??  What are the benefits ?  What's the difference between what I see and what a TFr sees ?  Other than "the light"


Get to see all the reddit subs  , comment on them, comment on pending green lit threads, generally get more favorable chances of green lit submissions
 
2017-04-15 02:03:15 PM  
Owed the feds 2200, locals 470.

Yay
 
2017-04-15 02:05:14 PM  

zpaul: HighlanderRPI: I can write off my $5 a month as medical expenses, since I post in the Advice tab when I have an ailment, right?

Question,, a TF acct is 5$ a month ??  What are the benefits ?  What's the difference between what I see and what a TFr sees ?  Other than "the light"


You can watch from behind the scenes as mods just approve their own links. It's a great privilege.
 
2017-04-15 02:07:08 PM  

Leader O'Cola: zpaul: HighlanderRPI: I can write off my $5 a month as medical expenses, since I post in the Advice tab when I have an ailment, right?

Question,, a TF acct is 5$ a month ??  What are the benefits ?  What's the difference between what I see and what a TFr sees ?  Other than "the light"

Get to see all the reddit subs  , comment on them, comment on pending green lit threads, generally get more favorable chances of green lit submissions


Sorry to sound stupid - what is reddit?
 
2017-04-15 02:12:23 PM  
Hahaha. Mods approve own links. Funny.  I have been lurking for years this is my second id (forgot password on a year break).  I kinda know the fark community - just don't comment much. I do hear  a lot of biatching about that subject.  Sounds like golf -  Paying for frustration.
 
2017-04-15 02:17:44 PM  

LoneWolf343: I did my tax returns as soon as I got the W-2s so I would have the money to get a new computer.

/I haven't bought it yet.


I have also been in need of a new computer but I doubt that the -$18 that I will be receiving from the federal government will be sufficient to cover the cost.

/State will be giving me $0.
 
2017-04-15 02:24:51 PM  

HighlanderRPI: I can write off my $5 a month as medical expenses, since I post in the Advice tab when I have an ailment, right?


I realize you're joking with this, but you don't get to deduct medical expenses until they exceed 10% of your AGI. And if $60 per year is more than 10% of your AGI, you're not paying taxes anyway.
 
2017-04-15 02:25:29 PM  
Even better - Republicans have until Thursday!
 
2017-04-15 02:27:38 PM  

Super Chronic: HighlanderRPI: I can write off my $5 a month as medical expenses, since I post in the Advice tab when I have an ailment, right?

I realize you're joking with this, but you don't get to deduct medical expenses until they exceed 10% of your AGI. And if $60 per year is more than 10% of your AGI, you're not paying taxes anyway.


.... Although I guess those would be combined with all your other medical expenses. Still, if medical expenses exceed 10% of AGI, one way or another that's not a good position to be in.
 
2017-04-15 02:28:40 PM  
My taxes were actually gratifying this year. I have foreign tax credit carryforwards dating back from ten years and I was able to use them this year before they expired.  I didn't think I was going to be able to.
 
2017-04-15 02:31:25 PM  
Did mine for free with Credit Karma and it was every bit as good as Turbo Tax, which I've paid for over the past 10 years.
 
2017-04-15 02:35:57 PM  

Mad Scientist: For over a decade, I have been using Turbo Tax.  Download it, answer the questions (honestly), and hit 'send".  I have no idea what it's doing, or if it's done right, but I haven't been audited yet.  Sent it in last night.


Me too.  I noticed this year that it keeps trying to get me to "upgrade" to the next pay level though.  Pick the free option it tries to bump you to the $29.99 option.  Pick the $29.99 option and it tries to bump you to the $49.99 option.  It was mildly annoying but I have been filing with TurboTax for the last 7 or 8 years.  It's a nice product.
 
2017-04-15 02:37:09 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-04-15 02:38:02 PM  
I updated my tax procrastination schedule weeks ago.
 
2017-04-15 02:43:14 PM  
mine have been done for 2.5 months.  first time ever i didn't wait until the last minute

feels weird
 
2017-04-15 02:53:52 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: mine have been done for 2.5 months.  first time ever i didn't wait until the last minute

feels weird


Did you have to die before December 31, or do they give you some kind of grace period like with IRA contributions?
 
2017-04-15 02:57:40 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: mine have been done for 2.5 months.  first time ever i didn't wait until the last minute

feels weird


Love the fark handle.
As I get older, my tax situation gets more complicated and by the time all of the various forms are available from medical to investment, it's mid February and my busiest time of  year begins. Ironic since I am rarely rewarded for itemizing and wind up taking the standard deduction anyway.

Of course, I don't know that until I have everything.  Probably filing an extension because Easter.

Simpsons - Tax Season
Youtube TdGtrvCaras

/with apologies to antron
 
2017-04-15 02:58:44 PM  
I did mine in January, but still haven't mailed them in yet.  I get back $5 from the feds, I owe $4 to the state.  I see no reason to hurry for a dollar.
 
2017-04-15 03:14:23 PM  
Did mine first of February. Between the state and Feds I'm at ~-$20. It's always been my feeling that if I'm more than +\- $200 on either, something is up.
 
2017-04-15 03:24:26 PM  

Leader O'Cola: generally get more favorable chances of green lit submissions


Nope. That's a common misconception, but submissions are judged solely on their merits and not whether the submitter has a TF account or not.
 
2017-04-15 03:30:18 PM  

Leader O'Cola: Owed the feds 2200, locals 470.

Yay


Almost the same as me....  I put the checks in the mailbox today.
 
2017-04-15 03:35:45 PM  

Phelon Hardtimes: Mad Scientist: For over a decade, I have been using Turbo Tax.  Download it, answer the questions (honestly), and hit 'send".  I have no idea what it's doing, or if it's done right, but I haven't been audited yet.  Sent it in last night.

Me too.  I noticed this year that it keeps trying to get me to "upgrade" to the next pay level though.  Pick the free option it tries to bump you to the $29.99 option.  Pick the $29.99 option and it tries to bump you to the $49.99 option.  It was mildly annoying but I have been filing with TurboTax for the last 7 or 8 years.  It's a nice product.


I used Turbotax for the years when my taxes were straightforward and free.  A couple of years I did some short term stock trading and I think I paid them for those years.  Once the ACA stuff started, Turbotax started charging for that (upgrade).  I switched to TaxAct because even with ACA (which I use) it was free.  I like them just as much.

/I see The Simpsons episode has been covered.
 
2017-04-15 03:38:07 PM  
Our accountant did ours in February. Got almost $8000 back. Normally I'd call that a fark-up (never give the government more than you have to) but we had switched from an LLC to an s-Corp toward the end of the year. It was a nice surprise.
 
2017-04-15 03:45:54 PM  
I'm wondering about the tax-filing prowess of someone who
  -waited until April 15th to file his taxes, only to learn he has until the 18th this year
  -learned the above on fark.com
 
2017-04-15 03:47:03 PM  
E-File user here. Pretty cheap with a promo code and entirely their platform (no software packages).

Sure beats the old days of chasing down forms, doing a rough copy, transcribing a final version, making copies then mailing.
 
2017-04-15 03:55:26 PM  

mama2tnt: Bathia_Mapes: Our landlord is also a tax preparer so unless it's an emergency situation we don't bother him this time of the year. We understand how busy he is.

I understand this mentality; however, if he can't do both jobs, he should either quit one or hire someone to do one of them.

Seriously. People depend on people to do their jobs. Don't bring your incompetence to work.


Wow, incompetence is a hefty word to throw around to CPAs who work their rears off this time of year.
When my mother was a CPA, she was working 70+ hours a week for 6 weeks or so.  I knew better than to pester her about household stuff.  I also knew better than to call her incompetent.
 
2017-04-15 04:14:08 PM  

uber humper: [img.fark.net image 559x424]


I think Ted Cruz stole his "punch me" smirk.
 
2017-04-15 04:16:06 PM  
I wonder if the filter will get me if I type
C U Next Tuesday!
 
2017-04-15 04:18:42 PM  

Praise Cheesus: File extension, do taxes at leisure.

My husband had been paying an accountant.  I explained that since we no longer run an office out of the home, no longer have business related auto expenses, plus the uncovered medical expenses and interest paid on the mortgage didn't come close to the standard deduction for married filing joint, we may as well just go with a 1040A this year and I'll do it myself.


Got all my extensions (well a dozen or so extensions for other people) out yesterday.

As a professional tax preparer. I would tell your husband to go with your idea. That is basically my standard response when random people ask me to prepare their returns.
 
2017-04-15 04:19:36 PM  

tacos4jesus: mama2tnt: Bathia_Mapes: Our landlord is also a tax preparer so unless it's an emergency situation we don't bother him this time of the year. We understand how busy he is.

I understand this mentality; however, if he can't do both jobs, he should either quit one or hire someone to do one of them.

Seriously. People depend on people to do their jobs. Don't bring your incompetence to work.

Wow, incompetence is a hefty word to throw around to CPAs who work their rears off this time of year.
When my mother was a CPA, she was working 70+ hours a week for 6 weeks or so.  I knew better than to pester her about household stuff.  I also knew better than to call her incompetent.


Thank you!

We know our landlord is putting in long hours during tax season, but we do still inform him if there's an issue. For example, last week we had a wind storm with gusts up to 75 mph. After the worst of the storm was over I noticed that the middle & back sections of the backyard fence were leaning. The middle section was particularly bad & swayed back & forth with every heavy gust of wind.

Notified the landlord & even though he was busy he took the time to come out and take a look. Turned out that the combination of continuously damp ground (there are protected wetlands directly behind our fence), pouring rain & heavy wind had loosened the support posts so he's hiring someone to come out on May 1st to take down the fence & put up a new one with the support posts sat in cement so the elements won't loosen them again.
 
2017-04-15 04:20:59 PM  

uber humper: Don't forget to pay your Obamacare penalties you bumfarkers


yeh, right
 
2017-04-15 04:59:55 PM  
Don't assume that your state is the same. My state's deadline this year is April 15.  What is more, some taxpayers are required to enclose a copy of the federal form. As my state is an underwithholder, filing on April 18 could easily result in late fees. Luckily I mailed my check Friday though I filed with the feds shortly after I got my W2:  Feds owed me big time and I owed that state a small amount.
 
2017-04-15 06:21:12 PM  

dywed88: Praise Cheesus: File extension, do taxes at leisure.

My husband had been paying an accountant.  I explained that since we no longer run an office out of the home, no longer have business related auto expenses, plus the uncovered medical expenses and interest paid on the mortgage didn't come close to the standard deduction for married filing joint, we may as well just go with a 1040A this year and I'll do it myself.

Got all my extensions (well a dozen or so extensions for other people) out yesterday.

As a professional tax preparer. I would tell your husband to go with your idea. That is basically my standard response when random people ask me to prepare their returns.


My husband, bless him, had used the old family accountant for years, until "Fast Freddie" passed away and his nephew took over the accounts.  The nephew is good, he's thorough, but he's not quite as good as old "Fast Freddie" was.

Since we've simplified our lives from the days where we ran a technical services company from our home, I ran the numbers and realized I could do the return in my sleep.
 
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