Thursday, February 17, 2011

Should We Abolish The IRS?

It's taaaaaaaaaax time!  Well, actually, we have a couple more months to get our returns in the mail but we can't ignore it much longer.  My sister works at HR Block so she keeps the nagging going...."Don't wait until the last minute."  It helps.

We always seem to wait until April 15 to finalize our taxes.   My very first love, all through high school was born on April 15, so it was a red letter day for me for a long time and I'm not likely to forget the date even now.  There were years, long time ago, when we would actually carefully pick up our sleeping children, lay them  in the back seat with pillows and blankets, and drive the taxes to the post office at midnight!  Amazing!  Yes, it was before the days of car seats and seat belts laws.

Today we are almost finished and ready to "submit".   No more driving to the post office or even mailing those thickly stuffed envelopes.  With Turbo Tax, it's all automated and I love using it!  If you haven't used it, you might want to give it a try unless your taxes are extremely complicated.  They prompt you on every scenario, check all your work, make suggestions, and are very reasonable.  All your figures from last year are right there too.  I totally enjoy the program and look forward to using it every year.

It turns out to be another way to reflect back over the previous year.  You can quickly see where your time and atention went.  How did my "giving" stack up?  Do I feel good about to whom and how much I gave?  What church, if any, did I support this year?  How was our medical situation?  What does our savings portfolio look like?  I just love that stuff!

Do you love tax season or just want to stick your head in the sand and hand it to someone else?  Remember, keeping the brain engaged and learning new things is important for everyone.  This is one way to do it.

Later,

3 comments:

  1. I totally let Hubs do it. He uses Turbo Tax and within a few hours he has everything finished. He still hates it but it is easy. I used to do my own taxes when I was a single gal but Hubs is the computer nerd so I let him go at it ;D

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  2. Although I always get money back and it is like a savings account . . . I hate having to deal with it.

    I must say that since I started using Turbo Tax, it is less painful! And free . . .

    Thanks for visiting my blog and the sweet message :)

    Have a wonderful week . . . Gina

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  3. Not looking forward to tax time... too much paperwork to sort through. Thank God my hubby does it, but this year we need to use a CPA who knows realtor's ins-and-outs.

    Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. I'm your newest follower and I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts! ~ Ellen

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