Obviously, taxes aren't due for another ~2 months, but I've always been one to start early, plan ahead, and try to learn as much as possible before making a move. SuperAnalysisKim to the rescue!
In case you're wondering why I am blogging about this, I've decided to document this process for a few reasons:
- Documenting/journaling usually helps me to feel more focused and determined. If I am chronicling something for all the world (or 8 loyal readers) to see, I'm more likely to stay on top of it.
- It will make it more fun. I enjoy writing, and I think that writing about this process will make it more enjoyable. I'm hoping it will help me to think of it as an exciting challenge rather than as a frustrating experience...or at the very least, I can vent my frustrations somewhere in a creative way.
- Maybe some of you readers out there are also filing your own taxes for the first time and will enjoy commiserating or celebrating with me. Maybe you'll have some tips or advice. Who knows?
- This blog is called Kim's Kitchen Sink, and in case you've never read my blog before, I basically write about whatever I feel like writing, whenever I feel like writing it. And that's how that works.
Anyway. My first question was...where to begin? I did a simple google search for "how to file taxes" and went to this page, the second on the list of results (directly under the IRS homepage). After reading the super-simple, fully-approachable outline of how the process works, I decided to brave the IRS homepage, which turned out to be way less scary than I had imagined it to be. Thanks, government. It was totally unexpected of you, but it is totally appreciated.
On the aforementioned IRS homepage was this link to something called Free File. I haven't heard anything about it on any of the personal finance blogs I read, but it seems like just the ticket. However, the skeptic in me says it seems too easy. You can only use the service if your gross adjusted income is under $54,000, which mine definitely is, so maybe that's the catch? I don't know. Has anyone out there in the internet-universe used it? Is it as straightforward/easy/fast/free as it looks?
Any thoughts you out there have are more than welcome.