In case you didn’t know, taxes are due on the 17th of April instead of the usual 15th. Check out the IRS’s page on the April 17 Deadline (which was pretty hard to find at the time of this writing).
Taxpayers will have extra time to file and pay because April 15 falls on a Sunday in 2007, and the following day, Monday, April 16, is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.
I usually wait until the last minute to file my taxes but this year I had motivation not to procrastinate. This was the first year I had vested stocks to consider so I didn’t want to deal with last minute questions/confusion. Also, I ordered Super Paper Mario for the Wii and I should be getting it by April 12. I don’t want to have tax returns hanging over my head and ruining my fun.
This was also the first year I paid $17 for e-filing each of the returns. It got really frustrating while I was printing, not sure if the formatting was correct. When I chose the print option, I got an alert to make sure that the option to print to fit page was not checked because it could cause the returns to be rejected. After printing 3 or 4 times, I still wasn’t sure which version was correct so I gave in and e-filed. Now, I don’t have to worry about formatting or going to the post office to make sure that I’m using the right amount of postage.
As usual, I used TurboTax, which I think paid for itself, and the e-filing. Initially, I was going to owe money but ended up getting a refund for both returns.