Cotton Pickers in town 1940 southern cotton country
OKAY, IRS has my attention:
We will get our first refund in years, nearly $150. Of course that isn’t much in today’s world, but we usually write them a check. Looking back to our first years together. Oh, how I looked forward to February, we would get our refund of $25 to $50! Once we did get $100 back.
(33% of Americans do their own taxes. It is on the increase with available software, younger Americans are now filing their own)
I still do our taxes, but because the forms are all on line now it takes me much longer. I am used to having the forms, instructions and tax tables right on the desk in front of me. For the forms I use the instructions are 93 pages long now, I certainly do not want to print out the whole book. So I have to save a document and go back to the instructions on line when I have a question.
Hey, I have more time than money and I really don't mind. I cannot complain to Sherry, she just says, "Take it to H & R Block."
The government must save a BILLION dollars NOT printing IRS forms. Do you remember going to the post office and seeing thousands of tax forms stacked in the lobby? Boy, I sure do.
That was a long time before it got so cumbersome (5000 changes since 2001) and all the Tax form filler-outers were used as more people paid to have their tax forms filled out. Mostly it was due to the PROMISE OF LARGER TAX REFUNDS by those companies. Individuals began to think they might miss some deduction if they filled them out.
I always smile as I do the math gymnastics i.e. Multiply line 10 by 85% (0.85) enter on line 11. Is 11 larger than 4? enter the smaller amt on line 12. Divide line 12 by 50% (0.50) enter on line 15. Is line 15 smaller than line 3?
ETC. they crack me up, this continues thru 25 lines, and that is just to get the standard deduction. LOL
It took much longer last night because I printed out the wrong form and wasn't paying attention. I tried to make the form work. I was blaming the IRS for not matching the lines up. When it said, “Take this SS total to line 10 on form 1040a” Line 10 on 1040a was Capitol Gains not SS. I kept making notes of what was wrong with the form until I realized it was me, not the IRS that was wrong. Dang, I “shoulda knowed” ------ “The IRS ain’t never wrong!.” LOL
So I trashed all my notes to the IRS! LOL I guess that is another of the ‘GITTIN' OLD THANGS’ that I didn’t notice had slipped up on me. LOL H & R Block next year? Probably not, I will just keep on griping.