I had a fun day doing my taxes yesterday; it felt really good to get all my receipts in order and get an idea of what I earned and spent over the course of a year. The best part is that my wonderful Accountant, Mike West, will be handling all the tax preparation so all I do is mail him my paperwork and he "translates" it into the proper forms for the IRS. I have tried to do my own tax returns, but I am not a masochist and I realized that paying taxes is torture enough without adding the frustrating task of figuring out how much I owe.
For everyone who feels as I do, there is free help from AARP. No, you don't have to be over 60, but you do have to have a simple return. They will give preference to those who are low to moderate income and over 60, but ANYONE can get this free help from their volunteer staff.
If you are not as numerically challenged as I am and you want to do your own taxes, you can file it free at Free File. This link also provides a link to companies who offer free or paid state tax preparation and filing services. If you are in a hurry to either file or receive a refund, this site will give you an IRS confirmation of receipt for your return and a 10 day direct deposit for your refund.
Now that my "homework" is done, I'm heading out to a movie!