Monday, April 10, 2006

My new favorite company...

is H&R Block. I tried doing my own taxes using good ol' reliable Turbo Tax, but a random combination of things (firm giving me a summer stipend and me selling some old stocks from an employee purchase plan from YEARS back) conspired to make it damn near impossible to get them done myself. I never took tax law, and not just because I hate taxes. Well, okay, I guess that's pretty much why.

So I made an appointment and took my stuff in to H&R Block. They got me like twice as much of a refund as I would have gotten using Turbo Tax (for a relatively low charge) and they filed all my stuff online for me. I had emails in my Inbox by last night telling me my state and federal returns had been accepted and I could expect my refund shortly.

Good God, I had no idea it could be so easy. It's like this whole new world has just been opened up for me.

9 Comments:

At April 10, 2006 at 8:50 PM, Blogger odderie said...

Yup. H&R Block rocks my world. :) Nice to see there's another convert.

 
At April 10, 2006 at 9:44 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

I never realized how much $255 could buy you. I mean, extra money AND peace of mind! I have been living like a blind person!

 
At April 10, 2006 at 10:20 PM, Blogger odderie said...

Totally! For once, a service industry with people who actually know their stuff!

 
At April 11, 2006 at 10:54 AM, Anonymous darlyn said...

I usually alternate between H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt. If you alternate you get all sorts of discounts for being a new client. I dont't think I've ever paid more than $100 to get my taxes done. (You can get another $10 to $20 off if you coordinate with a friend and fill out referral forms).
I used to use them because I always had income from several states when I was consulting and all those forms are just sucky...that is still the case now, plus I'm lazy...and I did take Income Tax.

 
At April 12, 2006 at 10:39 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

Oh, Darlyn, I'm so very sorry. They should give you a shirt or something for surviving that.

I wouldn't have taken tax if they'd chained me to Prof. Roin and given me the choice to sit through class or saw off my own leg, Cary Elwes-style.

 
At April 13, 2006 at 2:02 PM, Blogger odderie said...

But then you could have answered her question "You have a dubious look on your face...what do you think?" with "Well, I was just wondering how you manage to stay married to that ass of a dean. Don't you get sick of his snarky grins and birth-order obsession?"

:D :D :D

 
At April 13, 2006 at 3:19 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

What a brilliantly ingenious and witty comeback! It must've been a smart cookie who came up with that one... ;)

 
At April 17, 2006 at 3:23 PM, Blogger Micah said...

Lucky you. At my law school, a personal income tax law course was mandatory. I HATED it because: a) it was boring as hell (have you seen the thickness of the tax code?), b) because of my nutty libertarian streak, I feel we are way overtaxed as it is, which made me butt heads with c) my professor who was an IRS prosecutor who tried to socially justify this nation's taxation (but he was a cool guy).

Basically, I think the school just wanted to advertise for its LLM in taxation. Not sure if anyone bought it, though.

 
At April 17, 2006 at 9:36 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

Oh God, Micah. I'm so very, very sorry.

I too have a libertarian streak, though I don't mind some taxes in *theory*... but the government is run by a bunch of corrupt idiots who flush half of it down the toilet. If my money's just gonna get wasted, dammit, I wanna waste it! That's good drinking money!

 

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