Online Tax Returns

I filed my Ohio Tax Return on­line in about 20 min­utes last evening. It was a piece of cake, you cre­ate an ac­count and can then save your re­turn as you work on it. I high­ly rec­om­mend us­ing I-File if you live in Ohio. They’ll even di­rect de­posit your re­fund.

Of course, bu­reau­cra­cy in­creas­es by or­ders of mag­ni­tude as you go up the scale and in­stead of hav­ing such a sim­ple and sim­i­lar process avail­able [that is, op­er­at­ed and of­fered free by the gov­ern­ment] through the IRS, you have to pick from a list of ap­proved pri­vate tax pre­par­ers who have “free” soft­ware avail­able for use [and hid­den fees like crazy]. The Feds would do well to steal a play from Ohio’s book, at least for the 1040EZ. They did have fil­l­able pdfs of the forms, which was nice, but I still have to print it off and mail it in with my check, [so much for the state re­fund] in­stead of be­ing able to com­plete it all on­line.

On the oth­er end of the spec­trum, my city/​county tax­es still have to be done ful­ly through the snail mail. The mid­dle road still seems to be the best.

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