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On-line tax prep?

Last post Wed, Feb 10 2010 6:55 PM by TizzyLizzy. 14 replies.
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  • Tue, Feb 9 2010 2:10 PM

    On-line tax prep?

    We are considering doing our taxes at one of the on-line sites this year.  We've had significant problems the last two years with Turbo Tax software and we're looking for something different.

    Are any of the sites better than any of the others?  We have federal plus two states, as we live in one state and work in the other - usually, that  makes a difference in whether or not we're able to use freebie sites.  What works and what hasn't?  Liz.

  • Tue, Feb 9 2010 3:45 PM In reply to

    Re: On-line tax prep?

    We don't use online tax prep just have someone to fill ours out feel safer that way.

  • Tue, Feb 9 2010 6:25 PM In reply to

    Re: On-line tax prep?

    I have done my sons taxes online with Turbotax the past 2 yrs and efiled and it's been good. We buy a copy of TT Home/Business and efile ours.

    Michelle in Northern Michigan

    "Those who would surrender liberty for security deserve neither" - Ben Franklin

  • Tue, Feb 9 2010 7:11 PM In reply to

    Re: On-line tax prep?

    Have you researched having your taxes done by a VITA volunteer? I think VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Volunteers go through IRS-approved training to help low-income people file their taxes. I think the income cap was $49K per year.

    We've had our taxes done by our local military VITA office for several years now. They don't charge us for their service, and we've been very satisfied with the results.

    I can't seem to find a centralized website for VITA, but check your local yellow pages or call 411 if you think you might be interested.

    Stacie

    http://holdinghandswithmyhoney.blogspot.com/
  • Tue, Feb 9 2010 7:21 PM In reply to

    Re: On-line tax prep?

    My sister used TT online this year and seemed satisfied.  Can I ask a dumb question, though?  If you can access and use it free or nearly free online, why buy the program (like we always have)?  Is it a privacy thing or is the online version only for uncomplicated returns?  Liz

     

  • Tue, Feb 9 2010 7:23 PM In reply to

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    slk2042, I've not heard of VITA.  In our area, though, there's a free service for seniors thru AARP, IIRC, but we wouldn't qualify quite yet.  I'll have a look for it, tho for the first time ever, we may be slightly above the cap...Liz.

  • Tue, Feb 9 2010 8:17 PM In reply to

    • kb999999
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    Re: On-line tax prep?

    Hi ... we only live in one state/worked in one state, but I've done ours online for the past five years ... www.olt.com.  Site very easy to understand, easy to follow, cs help, $7.95 each to efile. The only site that I could find that had 'injured spouse' filing, so they were the winner! Comes down to personal preference, we no longer buy programs each year.

  • Tue, Feb 9 2010 8:38 PM In reply to

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    TizzyLizzy:
    I'll have a look for it, tho for the first time ever, we may be slightly above the cap...Liz.

    Hey there, that's a good problem to have! Big Smile

    Stacie

    http://holdinghandswithmyhoney.blogspot.com/
  • Tue, Feb 9 2010 9:12 PM In reply to

    Re: On-line tax prep?

    I have to get a tax person to help me i screwed up once that is all it took and I still use one don't need to screw up again

  • Wed, Feb 10 2010 9:41 AM In reply to

    • MamaJ
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    Re: On-line tax prep?

     Here's another vote for olt.com. If you're under a certain AGI (I think 56K? or thereabouts?) it's free for federal. State returns are $7.95 each. Very easy to use and the customer service people were quick to help. If you think you qualify for the free federal, don't just go to olt.com - enter through the free-file area at irs.gov. 

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