Tax Prep

It’s tax time again. I’m three parts scared and one part angry. Taxes=math. Math=scary. This is a double whammy, because I can’t do math and I don’t speak Government, so I get in a sweaty fluster at the very thought.

In past years, I’ve relied on my dad, and then I paid a friend in scotch to do my returns. But the friend’s bloody father (an actual accountant whose office and software we used) has relocated with his bloody girlfriend to bloody White Rock, and so that route isn’t an option. Even if I just sent him all my stuff, I couldn’t afford him.

So it’s me on my own. I’m thinking about doing one of those online returns, but I get worried even thinking about it. Which one to choose? How much should I pay?I’d do H&R Block, but they’re not really looking out for me in terms of getting credit for my bus passes or phone.

I get so angry about this because it’s the one area of my life where I’m a Helpless Female. That pisses me right the hell off. I HATE being helpless. But I don’t have a choice but to get in there up to my elbows and find some numbers that make sense.So I guess I will.

Hayulp! Any tax advice out there?

3 Comments to “Tax Prep”

  1. By Beth, April 25, 2009 @ 7:50 am

    I’ve alsways done my own taxes and for the last three years at least I’ve done them on line and filed electronically. I do them the day my T4 comes out and my tax return was spent a while ago.
    I’d be happy to help you out if you want. And I don’t even drink scotch.
    Oh, and I claimed my bus passes too. $990 for 10 2 zone passes. Sweet.

  2. By Liz, April 25, 2009 @ 9:59 am

    Which online site do you use, Beth? Is there a best one out there?

  3. By Erin, April 25, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

    I used to go to H&R Block. Last year, my accountant with them retired, so Phil suggested I try filing online – he had for a few years, I think. It was the easiest thing I’ve ever done; very clear, concise steps, and it really “found the money” which resulted in a surprisingly large tax refund. You don’t actually have to pay for it until you’ve COMPLETED it, which is great – so it’s a no-risk trial at least. If you get to the end and all is good, submit and pay, I say!

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