Thursday, March 08, 2007

Done With 2006 Taxes

I just finished up doing my taxes for 2006. This was the 10th year in a row that I've used TurboTax to file my federal and state tax forms. I actually use their online version of the software each year. It works in a standard web browser like Firefox so there is no need to install anything. It saves your information on their servers so you don't have to re-enter stuff that doesn't change each year.

Each year, TurboTax offers a discount if you enter via's Tax Center. I used TurboTax Deluxe which ended up costing just under $50 for filing federal and state forms.

This year was the first year I've used TurboTax on Linux. I was worried at first because when I first signed in, TurboTax displayed a page with the warning
Your operating system and/or Web browser do not meet the TurboTax Online system requirements.
Intuit supports Firefox on Windows and Mac OS X, but not Firefox on Linux. I continued anyway despite their warning that I should have "upgraded" my operating system or browser:
If you continue without upgrading, we may not be able to assist you with any issues you might encounter.
It turned out that I had absolutely NO problems using TurboTax online with Ubuntu Linux 6.10 and Firefox 2.0. They might as well just support it.

This year I am getting a federal refund, but I owe twice as much state tax. For some reason, not enough state tax is taken out of my paychecks. I still need to figure out why.

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