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I owned a small business for about 30 years, & had an accounting firm do my tax preparation, with never a problem. Am semi-retired now working about 37 hours a week for a major corporation. I can probably do my Federal & Oregon state taxes myself, but has anybody out there used something like Turbo Tax or the like? Can you recommend one of them? Thanx.
 

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I have used Turbo tax for many years. Easy to use.
 

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H & Block software is good too. I got stiffed on a $40 rebate from Turbo Tax one year, so quit using them. It's always something.
 

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I like TTax but H&R is good too. You can't go wrong with either. Doing it with the computer saves me so much time I don't mind paying the money for it.
 

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I have used Turbo Tax, Home & Business version for many years. Very satisfied.
 

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mwnahas said:
I like TTax but H&R is good too. You can't go wrong with either. Doing it with the computer saves me so much time I don't mind paying the money for it.
+1 for H&R. Have used it for 10+ years (used to be TaxCut)
 

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I too have been using TT for years and find it easy to use and makes the process as painless as possible. Never tried any of the others, so I personally cannot offer a comparison, although my wife used Tax Cut prior to our marriage and she said TT is so much better and easier to use.
 

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It's been my experience that if you're filing short form, software packages are fine. But if you're filing long form and you want to get every deduction you deserve, you just can't beat a good tax accountant. I have tried using TT on several occasions while going to my accountant ... and every time my accountant has MORE than paid for himself.

FWIW, you can try TT on the web and you don't pay until you file. I guarantee if you have a good tax accountant prepare your taxes, you'll get back a lot more than TT would've got you.

The bottom line: Turbo Tax is only as good as the person punching in the numbers. My tax accountant knows a lot more about taxes than the idiot that typed this post. :eek:
 

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It's been my experience that if you're filing short form, software packages are fine. But if you're filing long form and you want to get every deduction you deserve, you just can't beat a good tax accountant. .........................................The bottom line: Turbo Tax is only as good as the person punching in the numbers.
++1.

I like Turbo Tax, but have seen it make mistakes...especially if you enter something then go back and change it. Sometimes it doesn't save the changes.

And still, nothing beats a good tax accountant. He can make decisions TT can't,and he knows the audit triggers better than TT ever will.
 

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plus one on TT... :D
 

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messenger13_ver2 said:
It's been my experience that if you're filing short form, software packages are fine. But if you're filing long form and you want to get every deduction you deserve, you just can't beat a good tax accountant. I have tried using TT on several occasions while going to my accountant ... and every time my accountant has MORE than paid for himself.

FWIW, you can try TT on the web and you don't pay until you file. I guarantee if you have a good tax accountant prepare your taxes, you'll get back a lot more than TT would've got you.

The bottom line: Turbo Tax is only as good as the person punching in the numbers. My tax accountant knows a lot more about taxes than the idiot that typed this post. :eek:
+1, Joe! I'll go one further: The tax code is so complicated that it's impossible to one person to keep up with all of it--even if they do it for a living. So I found a specialist that practices very narrow to my field only.

Also, MUCH smarter than the idiot that typed this. :eek:
 

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Working for Intuit and getting Turbo Tax for free for a few years I was very happy with the refunds I got. My returns include a rental property.
 

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Sorry, but I don't see how 37 hours a week is "semi-retired".
 

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Sorry, but I don't see how 37 hours a week is "semi-retired".
Thats the difference between Europe and the US. Many (most) of us in managerial or supervisory positions work 60 hours and more. Specially in a customer facing enviroment. And we don't get four weeks of Holiday either... Most of us get 10 days of Holiday (or Vacation as its called in the colonies) and 4 or 5 days of paid public Holidays.

As much as I would like to work less, I never had the urge to go back to Europe. But that's just me... :)
 

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Sorry, but I don't see how 37 hours a week is "semi-retired".
Started off at 21 hours a week, but now they promoted me to head of the department. If I did not take the promotion, they would have given the job to a 19 year old that knows it all, just ask him.Do or die.
 

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Wolfgang said:
Thats the difference between Europe and the US. Many (most) of us in managerial or supervisory positions work 60 hours and more. Specially in a customer facing enviroment. And we don't get four weeks of Holiday either... Most of us get 10 days of Holiday (or Vacation as its called in the colonies) and 4 or 5 days of paid public Holidays.

As much as I would like to work less, I never had the urge to go back to Europe. But that's just me... :)
Hey Wolfgang, I just call it a "work ethic." Now I know that's not PC anymore, and perhaps we're a dying breed, but oh well......:)
 

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Hey Wolfgang, I just call it a "work ethic." Now I know that's not PC anymore, and perhaps we're a dying breed, but oh well......:)
+1. Work ethics are going the way of honest politicians.
 

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+1. Work ethics are going the way of honest politicians.
I was thinking PAST tense--as in common sense.....:D
 

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Own a tax prep company. Love people that use TT and come in for us to check their return. 80% were wrong, cheating themselves out of many $'s in refunds. Try TT if you must, but go to a Liberty Tax or HRB for a free double check before transmitting. 80% of the time you'll get a higher refund which will more than cover the cost of your TT and the professional fees. It won't however, cover the time you spent wading through preparing them yourself. If your return is real simple you can file free at irs.gov.
 

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GUNTER1100 said:
I owned a small business for about 30 years, & had an accounting firm do my tax preparation, with never a problem. Am semi-retired now working about 37 hours a week for a major corporation. I can probably do my Federal & Oregon state taxes myself, but has anybody out there used something like Turbo Tax or the like? Can you recommend one of them? Thanx.

If you're just doing personal taxes then Turbo Tax is the way to go. Will walk you through all the steps and is MUCH cheaper than a CPA. I've used it the last 5 years or so.
 
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