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Old 02-28-2021, 07:13 AM   #61
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Since it came up, my favorite hammer for smashing my thumb is an Estwing E3-16C. The 16oz. weight really does the job right!

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Old 02-28-2021, 08:06 AM   #62
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Use promo code TAXHAWK10 for 10% off, sometimes you can use TAXHAWK25 for 25% off. I have been using taxhawk for years and really like it.
10% off of what? It's free for federal returns. Are you referring to state returns?
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Since it came up, my favorite hammer for smashing my thumb is an Estwing E3-16C. The 16oz. weight really does the job right!

Happy Sunday everyone!
I use the Estwing E3-22C, as long ago my friend a carpenter recommended it.
Now I really feel it if I use it a long time.
It's works great for smashing the thumb, I did that a few summers ago, and couldn't use my thumb for days
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I use the Estwing E3-22C, as long ago my friend a carpenter recommended it.
Now I really feel it if I use it a long time.
It's works great for smashing the thumb, I did that a few summers ago, and couldn't use my thumb for days
22C! That's the TurboTax version to my HRB 16C version. That will really do a good job on thumbs.
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Old 02-28-2021, 04:31 PM   #65
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I have used FreeTaxUSA for 3 years and it worked great for me. Returns included 1099 INT, R, DIV, 1098-T and schedule D's. My wife was hired last year as a contractor and FreeTaxUSA didn't provide the necessary forms for the business so I got HRB Self-Employed/Rental on eBay for $39. I like the ease of use FreeTaxUSA. I compared FTU with HRB excluding business and came back if the same results.
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:36 PM   #66
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I ran into that with taxslayer they say it is free until you get finished and it pops up with a bill for 50 or whatever
I ran into the same issue just today, with the TurboTax online "Free" edition. False advertising. I guess it's free only if you wish to generate the PDFs, print, and send by mail, without e-filing. Also the State filing is never free with TurboTax, even with that "free" + online version.

Out of curiosity, I also gave a try today to H&R Block's "free" online product. Because I needed only the State part of my tax returned to be filed online, using e-filing. And guess what? Their workflow / question-based guided system, matched TurboTax's desktop edition, to perfection. And with the same resulting amounts. And the other surprise, was that it turned out to be really free, so I've ended up e-filing my state taxes through them. You'll be a bit nagged by "offers" and "recommendations for upgrades" etc, but if you are patient and stick to your objectives, you'll succeed in filing for free.
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:41 PM   #67
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Used Credit Karma for the first time this year. My taxes are simple though; just a few 1099's.
I've tried Credit Karma's "Tax" product, but they insist on requiring a phone for two-factor authentication, and for some reason they dislike my voip phone - even when I've set it for "call me" instead of texting. Hence, I was unable to test Credit Karma Tax :-(.
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Old 03-01-2021, 05:16 PM   #68
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10% off of what? It's free for federal returns. Are you referring to state returns?
Yes, federal is free but 10% off state and any add ons.
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I buy the disk for macintax/turbotax. then i share it around to amortize the cost and build goodwill.
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I've used H&R Block Deluxe for quite a few years (maybe a decade?). Turbo Tax prior to that. Both work fine for my situation.
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I've used H&R Block Deluxe for quite a few years (maybe a decade?). Turbo Tax prior to that. Both work fine for my situation.
Been using H&R for over ten years now. Much better than Turbo for people who know what they are doing.
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Old 03-09-2021, 11:57 PM   #72
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I started with TaxAct a few years ago as it will do our 1065 Partnership Return and then import it into the 1040 return (at least it used to, last year I had to enter the K-1s by hand).

The price has been creeping up, but I've figured out the quirks now, it has all our depreciated assets in a worksheet, and so am reluctant to change.

I also believe that Intuit is a pretty evil company so am loathe to give them any $. Unless TaxAct screws up, I will probably continue using it.
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I've used FreeTaxUSA for 3 years but this year I had a slightly more complicated return so I purchased HRB Self-Employed/Rental. Yesterday, I got to the 2210 under payment form as I do every year since like many of you, I have varied income coming in. I was surprised to see that this paying app neglected to include the input for qualified dividends and capital gains unlike the FREE FreeTaxUSA and got a tax penalty. I thought that perhaps the form had changed so I finished the online FreeTaxUSA and saw that it had that information. Luckily, HRB allows you to access the whole form and found the lines to input the data and there was no tax penalty. Next year, I don't think I'll need the HRB software so it's back to FreeTaxUSA. BTW, I got the same results for both apps.
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Old 03-17-2021, 05:35 PM   #74
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My mom didn't receive her second stimulus check for some reason, and doesn't usually need to file a tax return. I had already purchased H&R block Deluxe to try out, so I used it to a file a return for her to get the stimulus money. It worked fine, even with some of the odd forms she has with the railroad retirement.

I'm guessing I'll need to file a return for her again next year to get the latest round of stimulus payments.
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I used TurboTax for a lot of years and liked it, but finally got disgusted with the company's attitude, increasing prices, changing ownership, etc. Switched to H&R software for a number of years - also worked just fine. Then started using FreeTaxUSA. Worked just fine too. I did my state tax with FreeTax, but did not pay them to e-file - just printed it out and mailed it or transcribed the numbers into the state's free on-line forms.

I use TaxSlayer as a VITA preparer doing free returns for other people; I do not like that package. While it certainly does get the job done, it is really poor software and can be quite confusing for someone not trained in it. I would never pay to use it! If I was not in the VITA program, I would still be using FreeTaxUSA.
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Regarding the 2nd EIP, the HRB asked if I received the 2nd EIP in 2020 and did not include "or in 2021" which FreeTaxUSA clearly did. It appears to be a fast fix as it was not included in the in the interview but comes up at the final review step as missing information that you have to enter directly into the worksheet form. Again, showing when it comes to FreeTaxUSA, you actually get more than you paid for unlike the more expensive HRB Self-Employed/Rental.
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So which software (or online site) allows you to file an amended return (2019) electronically?

The tax software I used for 2019 only supports filing a paper 1040X...maybe because the IRS only started accepting e-filed (instead of paper) 1040X returns late last year.

I want to e-file it given the current backlog on paper returns since the above would affect my 2020 return which is not yet filed.
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So which software (or online site) allows you to file an amended return (2019) electronically?

The tax software I used for 2019 only supports filing a paper 1040X...maybe because the IRS only started accepting e-filed (instead of paper) 1040X returns late last year.

I want to e-file it given the current backlog on paper returns since the above would affect my 2020 return which is not yet filed.
I donít think you can file an amended return electronically. They shut off the year around August if I recall correctly. Maybe a tax preparer has the capability, but I donít think the personal software does.
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I have used TurboTax and TaxAct and TaxHawk, my favorite is TaxHawk. And it's free for federal returns.

I am considering switching from TaxAct to Taxhawk also, but I have a couple questions:
1) my wife is self-employed (online work for a software company) - can it handle that kind of thing?
2) we also have rental income from a second house that we rent out at certain times of the year. Can it handle that?


Also, would I have to pay to get an enhanced version of TaxHawk to deal with these things, or would the basic (free) version be sufficient?


Thanks in advance for your help...........
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