It’s income tax time again. Completing your income taxes is always a frustrating task because it’s just so complicated. I can’t even begin to understand the intricacies of the income tax codes. Good thing there’s a few dozen web sites that will help you figure it out and allow you to e-file for free. But here’s the thing: all of the web sites are different, and each time I try a different web site, it comes up with a different answer. So here’s what I do: I complete my taxes on about 3 sites each year. Whichever one calculates the largest return for me is the one I submit to the IRS.

I don’t know why all of the sites come up with different answers. Some answers are probably more correct than others, but the truth is, I don’t care which is correct. I just want the gov’ment to give me back my money. Don’t get me wrong, I want to be taxed. I want the gov’ment to have resources to provide services. But if the gov’ment isn’t even going to attempt to make the tax codes accessible to normal people, then I’m not going to go out of my way to make sure that IRS recommended tax preparers are preparing my taxes correctly. If I’m paying less than required – it’s their own fault for making the system too hard to understand.

This year, the winner was TaxACT. They calculated a return that was well over twice the amount calculated by other sites. Even though I didn’t use them this year, TaxSlayer is my favorite, just because I like their name and slogan (“Slay Your Taxes with TaxSlayer”). I like the idea of slaying my TAXES.

1 comment to TAXES

  • I agree with you 100% and will try some of those programs you've listed (so far I've done it manually and on turbotax online)