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Comment: Re:base it around my OS (Score 1) 386

by fahrbot-bot (#46759193) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

It doesn't do you any good if you don't itemize your deductions though.

True. In my case, even being debt-free (including mortgage paid off) itemizing is a must to get full benefit - any my accountant computes my return both ways to be sure. IANAA but imagine that anyone with a mortgage and/or a few grand in charitable donations should be itemizing, especially if living in a state w/state taxes.

Comment: Re:base it around my OS (Score 1) 386

by fahrbot-bot (#46758309) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

I payed someone at H&R a good hundred bucks just to give me the exact same information. Sad day, but a lesson learned for next year I guess.

Just remember to deduct that $100 next year (for those that don't know, tax prep fees are deductible).

And to answer the article question, I use an accountant and e-file. I'm debt-free (including my mortgage) so my taxes aren't difficult, excepting some charitable donations, associated tax-credits and dividends, but the $245 I pay is less than my salary for the time I would spent and I like having someone else review my situation to make sure I'm not doing anything stupid.

Comment: Re:Don't bother. (Score 1) 509

by fahrbot-bot (#46658731) Attached to: The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

All you can do with somebody like that is just look them over, wince, be perplexed for a moment, and then move on. They aren't interested, nor would they listen to any attempt to aid their understanding.

It's not a winnable battle, so don't start the fight.

In other words: You can't argue with stupid.

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