I have done my own taxes each year for the past four years using Turbo Tax. The year before I starting Turbo Tax I attempted to do my taxes with pen and paper. This was extremely difficult and felt very circular! Taxes are definitely complicated. I was quite surprised, and since then I have felt justified in my purchase of Turbo Tax.
I have been fighting with Turbo Tax on and off for a couple of weeks on a particularly flustering issue. I recently moved states to move from a post-bacc program into a phd program. The legality of my relationship changed when I crossed state lines. Anyways, I had to really fight with Turbo Tax to get it to allow me to fill out my previous states part-year tax forms. I actually had to lie to the program and then go back and fix it in order for Turbo Tax to walk me through the rest of their “interview” for that state. Later, I went back to the forms to fix the “lies”. But the amazing part was, after 45 minutes with Customer Support, they told me to do it that way. There is no straight-forward way to do my taxes. Isn’t that exactly what this program is supposed to provide?
Because of this problem (and school of course!) I’m behind with my puzzle I have in mind for this week. I will attempt to have the puzzle up before next Friday, so there should be something to entertain you early next week. But until then please cross your fingers for me that this time they accept my e-filed tax return, because I’m running out of time to fight with the silly program!