Schedule BFD

Tax returns completed and submitted. (This is actually two weeks ahead of last year’s submission.)

Elapsed time: 50 minutes, which would have been less were it not for some particularly dumb things I did (read: “misplace list of donations” and “close browser at inappropriate time”), and an internal argument over whether I should revive the “1040 or Fight” title for this post.

As before, I used an online third-party filing service; I am persuaded that it’s not possible to create one that has a completely un-clunky user interface so long as the forms themselves are discouragingly convoluted. They extended me some sort of loyalty discount for using them again, which didn’t hurt. (I am insufficiently broke to get one of the full freebies, it appears.) I’ve printed out copies for reference, and now I don’t have to think about it for another year.


  1. Tatyana »

    4 February 2007 · 2:56 pm

    I dunno how can you do it.
    I looked into just one IRS “explanatory” publication (17 pages), and decided to pay an accountant.

  2. CGHill »

    4 February 2007 · 3:09 pm

    I have relatively simple financial details: I have one job, obvious deductions (house-related stuff, state tax, charitable contributions), and no businesses on the side. Anything beyond that and I’d probably panic.

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