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Old 02-22-2015, 05:57 AM   #21
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I personally print and mail my federal taxes, even though I use TT. And I wait until 4/15 to do it, too. I used to really enjoy going down to the main PO in Arlington for the big tax protest party on 4/15. Beer and live music takes a bit of the edge off of paying taxes.

There's only been one time in my tax filing life that I got a refund, and that was a mistake. I figure why make it any easier on the gov't than they make it on me, and why give them my money ahead of time? I considered e-filing at one point because I heard that paper filings increased the possibility of an audit, but then I read a number of times that that wasn't so. I haven't been audited yet (knock on wood), even though I've got a number of audit flag situations, which is why I use Home and Business. I figure if I do get audited, I'm not cheating so all it will be is an annoyance. And I'm mostly retired. I have more time to deal with it than the IRS does. Bring it.

I also used to file state taxes via USPS, but then I moved to a no income tax state, so no issue any more.
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:57 AM   #22
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I use the free Fed efile, but mail my AZ state form. If I remember correctly the AZ form I sent in looked nothing like a 1040 AZ, more like a data form and a big barcode. While the pdf copy I made looked normal.
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:27 AM   #23
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I'm in the print and mail camp. The $400 State refund isn't worth a 5% cost of e-filing.
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:15 AM   #24
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I also used to print and mail when the the efile was an extra charge. The efile fee was more than the stamp costs so why bother. Now the efile comes with the software purchase so I use it. I used the IRS freefile for my mothers return and it was all free.

I probably could have qualified for the IRS freefile, have to check that next time.
I never understood why people seem to be so attached to TT.
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:30 AM   #25
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I never understood why people seem to be so attached to TT.
It is mostly a matter of how much one's own leisure time and effort is worth to that person - just like any matter of convenience.
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I also used to print and mail when the the efile was an extra charge. The efile fee was more than the stamp costs so why bother. Now the efile comes with the software purchase so I use it. I used the IRS freefile for my mothers return and it was all free.

I probably could have qualified for the IRS freefile, have to check that next time.
I never understood why people seem to be so attached to TT.
Probably several reasons people are attached to TurboTax:
- Used it for several years and learned a few things, got comfortable doing so, just as with any software niche
- Got it for free from financial institution
- Consistency of data history
- Good reviews

Of course all of that is subject to this year's experience. Given the opinions I've read on several forums, many past users will try something else this year or next. For many, the continuing increase in marketing within the software is a turn-off.

For me, I've gotten through most of what needs to be done, and it cost me $50 and a few stamps.
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We've never been able to E-file. We get various odd error messages so I gave up and just print and mail our federal return using HR Block Deluxe Fed only version ($25).....I don't like Turbotax. It comes with 5 free e-files which our three children use. Our state has free online efile and the refund is credited to our account in about 3 days.
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