Nope, I'm filing for taxes...taxes that I get back because they take too much during the year. They'll get it how they get it.
Side note, we use a preparer so mine are efiled anyway. Even when I did them myself, I tele filed (before e filing was big!)
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
Wouldn't you all agree though that at some point, the cost becomes too great? It's just a matter of where that threshold is.
For example, if it took you 8 hours and 3 trips to the PO/library/Staples to pull all the tax forms, plus $4 or $5 to make copies and mail your taxes, you would have to assess how much that time is worth to you.
On the other end, we should be looking at that cost collectively. Computer programs can flag errors on both ends. It will take a lot less time to catch mistakes electronically than by someone combing through the numbers. If we are paying an employee 8 hours to process a complicated return, is that money well spent?
Just because something has always been a certain way doesn't mean there isn't a better way.
I absolutely think e filing is something to be encouraged. I know I am motivated because return comes faster.
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
Last year I was doing our taxes on TaxSlayer. I had our various tax forms but no royalty report from one of DH's publishers. I asked DH if he made any royalties from that company that year, and he checked his bank account and said no. Our return was bumped back from the IRS within 24 hours because he *had* earned royalties and they had been reported to the IRS already even though we hadn't received our copy of the form, and he had never cashed the check. Twenty years ago, someone at the IRS would have manually entered everything from our paper filing, someone else would have proofed it, someone else would have verified our numbers against what our employers reported, since they didn't match someone else would check it again, and then it would be sent back to me. That whole process would probably take 2-3 months and I would incur penalties and late fees, and it would take another 2-3 months to get my refund after making that one simple correction. Instead, the mistake was found immediately, I was able to correct the mistake and re-file, and we had our refund in our bank account before we even got that form from that one publisher. I don't understand why anyone with internet access does NOT file online. I mean, the number of people your paper return goes through, who could pop that envelope into their pocket & instantly they have your name, address, age, social security number, marital status, kids' names & SSNs, bank account information, and signature -- that's far scarier to me than filing online!
David Letterman is retiring. Such great memories of watching him over the past thirty-two years!
I e-file through our tax guy.
Also adding, I know that it makes more sense to e-file. I just know a handful of people -- which tells me there are more handfuls out there, as I'm an NYC-er -- who don't do any of those things online: no banking, no shopping, nothing. They don't use credit cards, they just keep one for emergencies. They are not comfortable with this. I can't imagine them being willing to even type a social security number into a website, no way.
These numbers are absolutely dwindling, and eventually there will be hardly any left. Charging them more to file the way they've filed for decades makes no sense, especially when there are so many other places to cut money in these bloated budgets & bureaucracies.
I would actually be fine with mandating it at some point. Maybe now is not the time yet...but in the future.
As for being charged for insisting on using antiquated and poorer methods for doing things that could be done more efficiently and more safely?
I'm okay with that! "I like doing it the old way" isn't a good enough reason IMO to not make new rules. Actually, i think its a terrible reason.
Maybe it will happen naturally.....i think some people hold on to old ways of doing things as long as they can. I could see a point in time where mandating it could go smoothly and make sense, to just make those last resistors, who are fully capable of changing, actually change.
My MIL (86) has internet access at home -- but opening an emailed pic of the kids is a challenge. :P No way would I want her doing her taxes online.
I think as others have mentioned that it is moving on its own to more and more e-filing. I would hate to punish those that remain with paper filing further as the majority of those impacted would likely be the elderly and poor.