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Our taxes came back from the accountant. We're getting refunds, though not as large as I'd like. But the thing is this...I've been annoyed for years that Seth wastes money on an accountant to do his taxes. I've certainly never had a problem doing my own and it's a lot of money to blow on some paperwork, you know? But, this year, I figured it's okay because we just got married and I've never dealt with taxes that complicated what with the house and the student loan interest and the marriage thing and since I've been so sick, it just didn't make sense for me to do them.

SO... we get the taxes back from the accountant. And now I'm really, really annoyed. Because at a quick, 30-second glance, I see at least one deduction that he blatantly missed that he should have known about. Who knows what else (if anything) he missed. And the thing about it is, if he missed nothing else, it's NOT worth going through and double-checking everything, because this little 100-dollar-deduction just ISN'T going to make a dent. And frankly, I'm lazy. I admit it. I suck.

So we'll send these here taxes off and collect our refunds (state and federal...it's a miracle...I knew I married Seth for a reason...never, EVER, have I gotten a refund from state...last year, I had to write a ONE DOLLAR check to the state of Maryland). And I'll just stay annoyed about this for a while. Next year I'm doing them unless something horrible happens, so there.

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed

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rebelzero From: rebelzero Date: March 27th, 2003 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I once sent a check for MD taxes for eighty-nine cents. I sent a letter and asked if next time I could just send stamps instead.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 27th, 2003 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re:

If you owe less than a dollar, you don't have to pay. If you owe a dollar or more, you do. But it had to have cost them MORE to process your 89¢ and my $1 than the money they gained from our payments.
cellio From: cellio Date: March 27th, 2003 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
We did the same thing -- bought an accountant for the first post-wedding tax return, which also included real-estate foo. I was also very disappointed. I expected the guy to actually talk with us, find some deductions we wouldn't have found on our own, etc. He didn't. Now we just use TurboTax; the "interview" interface finds more deductions than we'd probably get with the raw forms, and it's not too painful.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 27th, 2003 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Turbo Tax

I always used the raw forms until last year, even including the year I had to file THREE state forms. (That was a royal pain). Then again, I never was able to itemize deductions and I was always able to use the EZ forms. I figured this year it was worth the money to have an accountant, particularly since I've been sick and didn't know when I'd get around to it. Seth always just mails a packet of stuff out and gets back his tax forms a couple weeks later. (We had really good turn around this time...it was back within a week, I think)

I doubt that he missed anything other than the VERY OBVIOUS deduction that he missed ("tax preparation fees"...line 21 of Schedule A) which he should have known about since he does Seth's taxes every year. But it's frustrating because if he missed that, did he miss anything else? We were pretty meticulous about sending him relevant information, but I'm just annoyed.

Next year, we're turbo-taxing it. So there.
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