Thursday, January 29, 2009

Uncle Sam Speaks

I've been struck by a feeling of giddiness that has nothing to do with the Special K I just polished off, even if it does have the red berries in it. No. I think this kind of joy can only be associated with having filed my taxes on January freakin' 28th, thankyouverymuch!

My W-2s came in the mail yesterday and I just couldn't help myself. I jumped online and got 'er done last night.

I filed them at 9:21 p.m. and within 90 minutes, I had an email acknowledging that both my federal and state returns had been received by their respective agencies. I guess the giddiness is a direct result of the email at 6:11 a.m. today to let me know that my return has been ACCEPTED and gave me a projected date for when my money will hit the bank.

I've been using for quite a few years now. The process is pretty easy, especially if you throw a few bucks their way so they import all your previous year's information AND transfer it all to your state return. All you have to do is change the numbers --unless you've moved or changed jobs or got married or had a kid, none of which applies to me.

It's an extremely user friendly process. It took me about 70 minutes to do both federal and one state return, and that included going through a review process TWICE on each return. Not too shabby. I've been filing early pretty much the entire time I've been e-filing, but this may be a record!

The process isn't completely over yet, though. I still have to file with my resident state. Living in one state and working in another becomes a real pain in the butt at tax time. Even that has gotten easier with e-filing though. But, since that return doesn't mean any money back for me, you can bet I'll be mailing it on April 15.


Mama Martha said...

What about your city return? Don't you love giving them 1%?

MonkeyGirl said...

Man, now the pressure is on. But there are still months to go before I have to file. You know me - wait until the last minute!

NV said...

MM -- No city return this year. They get their pound of flesh each paycheck and because I've done no traveling in 2008, they get to keep ALL of it. (Last year, I think I got $23 back.)

MG -- Yeah, I can see you electronically filing or dropping a print return in the mailbox at 11:59 p.m. April 15. :-)

Vicki said...

I wonder if taxact makes it easy to file business taxes. Du does our and will get everything in order after his 25 page final draft is due in mid-Feb. He usually uses turbotax. What do you think?