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  #1  
February 17th, 2006, 06:04 PM
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Dh's hours were cut back at the end of December and have yet to come back up. I work but don't make nearly what he does. On top of that we have enough money for monthly expenses, bills, groceries etc. but we were hoping to pay our property taxes and our bank loan off with our tax return because we ALWAYS get a tax return. Until this year! Now we are broke and we owe the IRS $700 and we owe the tax preparer $362 for doing our taxes. We don't have any extra cash right now and don't know when we will. What's our options here. I know the IRS will do payments but our hard do they stick it to you as far as penalties and interest??

I'm so depressed about this.
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February 17th, 2006, 10:30 PM
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OK i'm not sure how you filed or anything however i know that if i owed money and the tax guy was making me pay him a few hundred then he's only in it for the money and not your best interest. Did he try all avenues? Like only dh file, with children and as head of house hold. Or just you or what? This doesn't make since, check all options and then decide to contact the IRS, he could always file an extention for you then what you get back next year you can combine and get a little less back but not pay this year. Check into this, please don't give up on this.

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February 18th, 2006, 06:10 PM
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We went to H and R block. Nothing has been finalized yet. They charged us $362 just to fill them out! I know how to do it myself but dh insisted on paying a "Pro" this year! She is filing jointly. I really want to take them back home and play around with it myself. I just don't know if she would let me.
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February 19th, 2006, 05:19 PM
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We went to H and R block. Nothing has been finalized yet. They charged us $362 just to fill them out! I know how to do it myself but dh insisted on paying a "Pro" this year! She is filing jointly. I really want to take them back home and play around with it myself. I just don't know if she would let me.[/b]
interesting.. the first year you pay someone else.. you owe..

Heres my advice..

Go to www.irs.gov.. Look up one of the freefile efile programs..
Put all your information in there and see what result you get.. Its usually more benefitial if you do married filing seperate..
Do you own a home? (write off the interest)

I don't know why your husband would want to spend your hard earned money to have someone fill out your taxes if you're capable of doing it yourself......

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February 21st, 2006, 12:56 PM
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OK, H&R block should only charge a flat rate. I know that's the way they usally work.

Second, I'm sorry you have to pay, it sucks, but it does happen and doesn't automatically mean they did it wrong. If it were a private CPA, it'd be totally normal to charge that amount, and they wouldn't be "out to get your money".

Last year we paid a total of $37,000 between state and federal. We only made about $30k total for the year in earnings. Basically because of some stock I sold for the downpayment of our house, we were royally screwed. On top of that our accountant (a private CPA) charged $650 (not that big of a deal when looking at the big picture of how much we owed).

I know you can set up payment plans, though I'm not sure how they work since we didn't go that route. I would recheck about H&R Block though, something doesn't sound right there.

Finally, and this is just a personal vent of mine, but when did Tax Day become all about "how much am I getting back?" Isn't it customary to pay taxes? Tax Day isn't a reward. It means you didn't fill your paperwork out quite correctly (your original paperwork, before earning the money), or you purposly had more money taken out than necessary, or you had a decent amout of deductions through the year. I just hate people complaining about their refund being too small, or when they don't get one for once. It happens. Sorry.
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February 22nd, 2006, 06:54 AM
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Mines all deductions baby.. different tax bracket.. the works..
Ive never had to pay but i generally don't get a big refund
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February 22nd, 2006, 01:55 PM
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I cannot believe what people are charging to do your taxes........my mom works at a private firm and I doubt she charges more than $60 for a basic, 2 person return.
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February 22nd, 2006, 02:31 PM
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the first year dh and I were married we had to pay, we did them ourselves and I think we screwed them up somehow, we never figured out how. We owed State bc my dh was on unemployment and they did not take any out, so we had to pay them, I am not sure how we did the federal but we owed them as well, all together I think we had to pay 500.00. So, I do know it happens. We go to the free irs gov site and do ours now. and have had no problems doing them. I don't go to h&r block anymore cause they charge soo much.
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February 24th, 2006, 05:57 PM
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I definitely think that you should try doing them yourselves. It seems like H&R Block is costing you way too much money!!
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