march, 8, 2003 archives

the tax man oweth

i can't finish doing my taxes because i seem to have misplaced a couple of forms, but it looks like i'm going to be due a pretty hefty tax refund. woohoo! of course, the refund is largely due to working only part of the year, and having more than the standard deduction once i itemize. i'd put my chances of being audited as moderate. not filing one year and then getting a big refund the next must set off alarm bells somewhere.

i'm using h&r block's online tax preparation program. simple enough, although it doesn't work with safari.

oh, it does have one annoying flaw in this post-popup-blocker world: it tries to pop up a new window without providing a link to pop it up manually. schwab has the same problem when it tries to import new transaction information on the performance screen.

my favorite bit of tax instruction from Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax:

Illegal income. Illegal income, such as stolen or embezzled funds, must be included in your income on line 21 of Form 1040, or on Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) if from your self-employment activity.

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