Filing taxes. Printer won't print. Experiences w E-Filing appreciated.

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  1. Bigfoot

    Bigfoot
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    Murphys law hit the printer today. I've never filed online because of SSN # secrecy, as if anythings secret anymore... But, since libraries don't carry forms anymore I need a "safe" way to file a simple 1040 EZ.
     
  2. techiej

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    Last 2 years I've used TurboTax and e-filed without a hitch.
     
  3. Modeler

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    I've e-filed with Turbotax for the past 8 or 9 years without a problem. This year things became substantially more complex so I got a CPA; he's e-filing for me and it's working fine.

    I'm pretty sure you can e-file your 1040 EZ for free, either through Turbotax or through another website.

    No worries!
     
  4. PDXSparky

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    Also have e-filed for at least 10 years. Worked good for me.
     
  5. Ironbar

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    I've done it for about five years. Fastest way to get a refund.
     
  6. drew

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    I've e-filed for several years. The only problem I had is when I mistyped my previous years income so I had to refile. No extra cost though.
     
  7. Bigfoot

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    Can I e-file directly with the IRS or do I have to go through others? I couldn't find anything on the IRS site. I'd rather deal straight w the IRS and eliminate the chance that my SSN goes around the net.
     
  8. pokerace

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  9. skywag

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    TurboTax.............did mine yesterday. It makes a difficult and excruciating task almost fun. The only thing you really need id EVERY piece of paperwork.
     
  10. Burt Gummer

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    It used to be that filing via paperwork/mail that you had less of a chance of being audited. I know that is weird, but two accountants I've used and various sources have said that.

    Started e-filing a couple years ago. This year I literally got my State refund within ten days. Although I despise paying taxes (Federal Income Taxes specifically) I have no plans on doing a Wesley Snipes and objecting to the unConstitutional nature of it all. I know who the real gangsters are and have no desire to mess with them. Pay every penny you legally owe, not one red cent more.

    On a related note, a lady at the Washington State Revenue Dept told me the other day that their sales tax revenue is at an all time low for the last 20 years. Many businesses are simply filing 'no business' or very little revenue for last quarter. Jan, Feb, March time frame.
    Translation = although the media paints a recovery picture, businesses are not selling squat.
     
  11. Bigfoot

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  12. Bowtie

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    I have been e-filing for 10 to 11 years now, no problems, no hang up's on getting refunds and never been audited. Turbo tax makes it very very easy.
     
  13. Stomper

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    I used to pay $400-$600 a year for my CPA.... Turbo Tax kicks donkey! I actually got a few hundred back from the Fed and State this year. I have been e-filing for the better part of (if not) two decades w/o a hitch. I don't e-file my State returns as I usually owe the State more money (and Turbo Tax charges $20 for State e-filing) so I print it out and mail it (it only costs me a stamp)... and wait right up until the last day to pay it....LOL!

    I already got the Federal refund direct deposited into my account within days of e-filing. :thumbup:
     
  14. Father of four

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    I like the like button and I like Turbo Tax. :D I have used Turbo Tax for close to 10 years, no problems yet.
     
  15. Netspirit

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    To WA residents: I am using TaxAct.com, highly recommended. They offer a free federal tax return and only charge for the state return. Since WA has no income tax, the whole thing is essentially free.
     
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  16. RifleEnthusiast

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    Been using TurboTax for the last few years, a bit of a rip-off for $50 for the software, and another $20 to e-file the state, but I have a complicated situation and the ease of use and hassle-free process is worth it to me.
     
  17. Botte Hork

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    Never filed on paper, filed 3 years with TurboTax e-filing without problems so far. I'm a big fan of the e-stuff. The thing about SSN secrecy has its pros and cons: efiling gives you the transmission over a secured link, but it's of course still possible to get eavesdropped on. So does snail mail, in case something happens with a mail truck or whatever. Then there's going to be some entry level IRS and state tax person sitting there with a ton of papers putting everything in their computer system, which has room for error, but also exposes it to an extra person or two at the front end. Plus then there's a paper with your number floating around. Will it get disposed of properly? When? Will IRS/state tax boards keep it for some years? How will it get disposed of after a certain amount of time? Etcetera.
     
  18. 9MilMan

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    I've e-filed with HR Block Tax Cut for at least 6-7 years without any problems.
     

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