1040 or fight (part whatever)

Well, this year’s offering to the Internal Revenue Service is completed and ready to mail.

And I mean mail. Last year’s online adventure didn’t cost very much, but it took almost two hours to complete. I got to wondering how long it would take me to do this by hand, or at least with the DeskJet serving up copies of forms, and I did the whole shebang, 1040, 1040V, Schedule A, Schedule M, and Oklahoma 511, plus the Alternative Minimum Tax worksheet (which proved to be unnecessary), in fifty-eight minutes flat. For nothing but the cost of postage and consumables.

Disturbing aspects of this year’s return:

  • Having to do all that AMT stuff, which is fiendishly complex and almost wholly unnecessary. Besides which, it creates the illusion that I have money, not that it affects my love life or anything.
  • The balance due to the Feds is almost exactly equal to the tax due on the state refund I received last year, which I duly reported as income this year. I detect a Vicious Circle in the making.
  • Then again, not having to type in a facsimile of a W-2 probably saved several minutes.


  1. Dick Stanley »

    16 February 2010 · 11:34 am

    You are speedy. I always wait until April Fool’s Day to start. Feels more appropriate to do that.

  2. Opining Online » Inspired To File »

    16 February 2010 · 11:41 am

    […] to C.G., I’ve just finished our 2009 taxes, federal and state. Unlike him, I was not inclined to do it […]

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