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2002-04-13 18:32:54+00 by Dan Lyke 7 comments

Sigh. Taxes appear to be over. Better and worse than I expected. TurboTax beats the heck out of that lame-ass system I used last year. Assorted unplanned expenses this month and last mean I'm procrastinating on running out and buying the D60 (which wouldn't be so bad, except that it implies a large CompactFlash card, and another flash, and the remote unit for the flashes and...).

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#Comment made: 2002-04-14 12:54:21+00 by: Mike Gunderloy

Prevaricating or procrastinating?

#Comment made: 2002-04-14 14:25:11+00 by: Dan Lyke

okay, badly phrased, I'm lying to myself that I'm not going to, so that puts it in the "prevaricating" camp.

#Comment made: 2002-04-14 17:53:51+00 by: TheSHAD0W [edit history]


Comment made: 2002-04-14 11:46:12-07 by:Ima Nagent

Dear Sir:

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#Comment made: 2002-04-14 18:46:54+00 by: Dan Lyke

Oooh boy, an excuse to re-file! I learn more and more about taxes all the time, you poor suckers are screwed now.

#Comment made: 2002-04-15 00:49:04+00 by: meuon

I did my 1040A in 10 minutes. Then went back and did TurboTax via the web. Impressive, I learned a lot and have an idea of what I should be doing this year to avoid some taxes next time. Unfortunately, the web version came up with exactly what I did for 2001 and I owe $1564.00 to Uncle Sam. Ouch.

#Comment made: 2002-04-15 07:05:53+00 by: Mars Saxman

Roughly the same here... this is more or less normal though. Years of Schedule C and SE have convinced me that tax refunds are imaginary. At least I managed to pay all of this year's taxes off right away, though - first time in about three years I haven't had to set up a payment plan...


#Comment made: 2002-04-15 12:20:39+00 by: ebradway [edit history]

Taxes were a nightmare for me. I got a ridiculous amount back (comes from being in the 33% tax bracket for the first 3/4 of 2001 and then on unemployment the last 1/4). My problem was that my wonderful chapter 7 dot-com failed to pay the payroll company to issue W2s. I ended up spending a day doing manual labor for the Bankruptcy Trustee - loading the company's computer equipment onto a Ryder truck - to get the Trustee to pay the payroll company to send them out. I didn't get mine until the end of March!

If you are ever in a similar circumstance - no W2s - you are expected to file an estimated return. Easy to do if your company hadn't changed form an LLC to a s-corp half-way through the year and reset the figures on your paystub. In September the Social Security Administration releases its figures to the IRS about how much taxes was paid in by an employer on an employee's behalf (why the IRS doesn't know this in Jan is a mystery to me). You can file for an extension and wait until September or file a corrected return. But if you file estimated and guess too little (which I would have) you get hit with penalties. If you file estimated and guess too much you get hit hit penalties and interest.

Oh yeah, did the category selector think that filing taxes is a sport?