Last night I fired up the H&R Blockhead website in preparation to have teeth pulled... i.e., do my taxes. I went through all the usual rigamarole... do you need to update your address, phone number, marital status, shoe size, all that sort of thing... but then, what to my wondering eyes did appear?
A message saying that the deadline for filing your taxes has been moved to July 15th.
So it was just me? For some reason, I find that I'm not at all surprised.
So... how are you? Holding up okay? Yeah? Anything I can do to help you through?
I finally did my taxes yesterday, and was pleasantly surprised to get nearly $5,000 back. That'll come in handy while I'm job-hunting. I'd expected to owe a little to the feds and get a little back from the state, like last year.
Unrelated, I just found the little box of mini onsen duckies I never mailed to you last year...
Posted by: J Greely at April 15, 2020 11:19 AM (ZlYZd)
We did ours months ago...we got $37 back and a lovely notice that we have to pay estimated taxes each quarter this year. Supposedly, the deadline for the first payment got moved back, but I didn't trust that announcement, so I went ahead and sent it in. You'll be surprised - nay, astonished - to know that the IRS cashed the check within a few days of its mailing.
Posted by: Kathryn at April 15, 2020 11:38 AM (rWZ8Y)
Make sure that your deadline was moved for both federal and state taxes. I know Oregon took about a week to come to the decision that they would also postpone the filing deadline.
I always do my taxes pretty much as soon as I get all the required documents at the end of January, I got in that habit years ago when I was always getting large refunds. Now that I've got it more balanced and I usually end up owing the fed a small amount and getting just a little bit more than that back from the state, I may start filing closer to the deadline, in case stuff like this happens.
Posted by: David at April 15, 2020 12:18 PM (UmjNG)
David, Illinois has indeed postponed to July 15 as well... I spent a lot of time last night making sure both Fed and State were really delaying. Whee!
Posted by: Wonderduck at April 15, 2020 01:10 PM (cTMj+)
By the way, if you don't qualify for Free File, but don't need all the "Advice" Turbotax gives you, there's also a Free E-Forms program at the IRS. The only thing it does is calculate the fields and you have to add whatever schedules you need from a list. Then you can file it for free, which beats paying the $74 they charged me last year for the equivalent of filling out a 1040EZ (Which no longer exists). Since the increased standard deduction finally outweighed my itemized ones.
Posted by: Mauser at April 16, 2020 04:26 AM (Ix1l6)
Got mine done early (every year), and got $4 back. Nearly perfect.
Great shot of Matoi.
Posted by: skyhack at April 16, 2020 12:32 PM (KrC5e)
Mauser, I've used H&R Blockhead's free filing service for... a decade? Around about that long, anyway. Sadly, 2019 will be the last I qualify for the service... I'm aging out, like a member of an idol group.
Posted by: Wonderduck at April 16, 2020 03:07 PM (cTMj+)
I thought the limit on free file was just Income.
Posted by: Mauser at April 18, 2020 07:47 AM (Ix1l6)
Nope, age is part of it as well. If you are 52 during the year involved, you are no longer eligible to free-file.
Posted by: Wonderduck at April 18, 2020 05:33 PM (cTMj+)
Huh, I had never run across that. Then again, after I got my current job I eventually crossed the income threshold.
But the change in the standard deduction really threw things off last year.
Posted by: Mauser at April 19, 2020 11:57 PM (Ix1l6)
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