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Sun Mar 24, 2019, 07:20 AM

My good news/bad news about my taxes

I finally went to my tax guy to file..My husband died Oct 26th, so I was unsure about filing on my own online,,

We went through all the steps and he said to me.. You do not owe ANYTHING.. Yay!!.. then he said he could print it out for me, but it would cost me $188. or I could just say never mind and that would be it.. That was the good news..

the bad news? apparently, I am too poor to actually OWE taxes

So if I never make any more than we did last year, I'm golden forever..

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Reply My good news/bad news about my taxes (Original post)
SoCalDem Mar 2019 OP
DFW Mar 2019 #1
SoCalDem Mar 2019 #2
DFW Mar 2019 #3
SoCalDem Mar 2019 #4
Cicada Mar 2019 #6
True Blue American Mar 2019 #5
Dennis Donovan Mar 2019 #7
FBaggins Mar 2019 #8
SoCalDem Mar 2019 #9
D_Master81 Mar 2019 #10
True Blue American Mar 2019 #11

Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 07:23 AM

1. $188 to print out your tax return?

How come? Was it going to be embossed in gold leaf?

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Response to DFW (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 07:25 AM

2. That would be their prep charges and the actual filing (just for fun, I guess)

I am in the "not required to file" category

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 07:28 AM

3. I would have thought

Since the info is already in their computer, all someone has to do is click "print." I don't know how long it takes to click "print," but it sounds like someone is earning slightly over the minimum wage to do it.

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Response to DFW (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 07:32 AM

4. Apparently it's a company policy thing..

I told my oldest son, so if he ever wonders why Mom didn't file taxes, he would not worry about it.

He probably just deleted it

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Response to DFW (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 07:33 AM

6. If she files a tax return he gets paid for preparation, otherwise not

you Can file a tax return even when you are not required to do so. In that case, I assume, there is a fee for preparing and filing the tax return. Alternatively, I assume, she is not required to prepare and file a tax return at all. In that case there is no charge even though the preparer has spent time determining that no return is required. The tax return of someone not required to file can be complicated.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 07:33 AM

5. Yes, that is an awful price

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I had an unusual one this year bu filing,printing and everything cost much less than that.

I am glad you said no. It is hard when you have to do things on your own but will get easier. Trust me.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 07:33 AM

7. My condolences on your loss...

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 07:35 AM

8. Something doesn't smell right

Please ask for an electronic copy of your filing. That shouldn’t cost anything.

Did you have no tax withholding over the course of the year?

On edit- never mind. I see you didn’t actually file

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Response to FBaggins (Reply #8)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 07:37 AM

9. No withholding

and only SS & a small pension

no money from Russia either

and WA has no state tax..

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 08:11 AM

10. Higher standard deduction

With the increased standard deduction I imagine a lot more people on fixed income will fall into the not required to file. I see that a lot as a preparer for the federal return but rarely state here in Indiana.

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Response to D_Master81 (Reply #10)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 10:25 AM

11. What is and was the standard

Deduction if you do not mind answering?

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