It’s not even an advice in the end, just a reminder the customer lost the battle, and the only alternative is to leave the field with what’s left on their posession to go roam the desert.
It's a superpower, and it is in it's entirety an example that disproves that this is the case.
"Voting with your dollars" is a fools argument designed to impart the feeling that the reader somehow has sway over a monopoly
Pretty sure there's always an option. Nihilism is the worst one.
Edited to add additional details as to what isn't supported.
I admit that they don't have quite the community links that TurboTax does, and there are some situations they won't handle (for instance, income from 2+ states)
EDIT: Ignore this comment, poster threw ID-10T exception
Last year I went to an independent preparer, which cost me around $160 and took an hour. This year I wanted to save some money so I decided to try filing myself and it was pleasantly straightforward, only taking two hours. The only tedious part was copying over the info from the W2 for both federal and state.
The only case it doesn’t handle for me is Partnership taxes — just the stuff due April 15.
Turbotax was 100% free for both with automatic imports of my forms. As long as you avoid upgrading to unnecessary services beyond their basic service, you can file for free and save PDFs of both returns when you're finished.
I have heard good things about freetaxusa.com as well.
Both are very reasonably priced, only $15 for state - federal is free. Since I have business income TurboTax wants over $100 to do my taxes.
Just one thing to complain - it didn't discover that I over-contributed to Roth and need to return a bit to prevent a penalty.
Perhaps you can let them know about the IRA thing for next year?
From their About Us page:
>FreeTaxUSA is an online tax preparation website owned by TaxHawk, Inc.
As for the lobbying, I have some vague memory of jumping to Tax Act because of someone pointing out that they don't lobby. A cursory bit of searching didn't raise any red flags at the time.
Interestingly while looking this group up I found this entire report prepared by Elizabeth Warren's staff about these types of industry groups:
Typically what I do is write a small program that asks the questions in the 1040 form, then gives me a print out of what goes in each field.
For my case, I have one source of income (employer), a couple times I've sold stock, and I have a mortgage, am single, but support my SO and her 4-year old grandkid. I've done my own taxes for the last 20 years, and only a couple times took it to a professional (once to H&R block when I sold stocks, and last year to a CPA). Both times the tax forms were exactly what I figured out on my own.
Regardless, I would pay to have such a service.
I used TurboTax this year, and honestly I was underwhelmed, especially when it came to the state forms. It didn’t really seem like it did much, and the California form experience were full of obvious bugs. Questions with no context. (“Enter city 2”) Questions being given out of order. PDFs being viewed through a mail slot. PDF forms where the entry blanks and the entries would scroll at different t rates, so you couldn’t read the form. It was super frustrating. The whole thing felt like a cheap unskilled body shop of a program, and made me want to just use a pen.
It's basically as easy as filing out a W2 if you're a full-time salaried employee with no deductions, right?
I have to file mildly complicated taxes due to getting my income from a partnership, and even that I can do in a couple hours by following the 1040 instructions, and the filling out any ancillary schedules that are required.
If you have straightforward W2 income, taking the standard deduction, and a reasonable number of retirement or investment accounts, it should take you an hour to fill out the form following the instructions. Maybe plan on a couple hours the first year, while you get used to it, but it's no so bad.
Do your taxes by hand/with free fillable forms (name of the online service), you’ll learn a lot. Just follow the 1040 instructions (it goes line by line through the form) and any related forms it tells you to do.
We either need campaign finance reform or we need to accept our government is bought and paid for by big oil, coal, the NRA, the car manufacturers, etc.
sorry for the rant
That’s how we got to this situation in the first place.