Best Reader Comments: Tax-Prep Travails
Nobody likes paying taxes, but people dislike paying money to figure out how much tax they owe even more. I've gotten a lot of great e-mail in response to last Thursday's column (in addition to the comments you all have left here).
This was one of my favorites:
"I can make an E. coli bacterium produce human insulin, but I wouldn't take the time or tear up my brain trying to figure out our tax codes!"
Can trust your state's revenue department more than your tax-prep software? One person said you can:
"Due to a poorly-worded question (TaxCut might say due to a bit of inattention on my part) I overpaid my Maryland taxes by $240. But the state caught it."
How did things get this bad? One reader pointed out that a look in the mirror would be appropriate:
"....we live in a society where tax payers want every tax break they can think of an excuse to get. Lower income folks wouldn't want to lose their earned income credit - middle class wants their share and of course, upper class folks who pay better than 30% of their income into the federal tax system feel entitled to their cuts too."
I really liked this proposal:
"Every elected federal official and all appointed officials have to do their tax returns isolated in a room with nothing but all the tax code volumes, some scratch paper and a few pens. No outside help."
Here's a tip that Virginia readers might want to check out:
"Apparently, Virginia had a mistake in the Itemized Deduction Worksheet on page 11 of the 2006 Virginia 760 Resident Individual Income Tax Booklet. The paper version of the booklet has a 16 line worksheet to use in calculating your itemized deductions. However, the electronic version of this document on the Virginia Department of Taxation website has an 18 line worksheet. Tax preparation software vendors were notified of this change and some have updated their software and others have not."
(This reader ended his e-mail by pleading "PLEASE DO NOT USE MY NAME IN YOUR COLUMN AS I DO NOT WANT TO BE AUDITED.")
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