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.