Hey, I’m Taylor Vogel and this is Now That I’m Not Your Teacher. [cue music] Each week we’ll explore an aspect of adulting that you might have missed in school. Since I used to be a teacher, I’ll structure it in ways that are proven to help you retain information. But since I’m not your teacher anymore, I can approach it in a way that’s honest and sometimes inappropriate for a classroom.
In this week’s unit, we’re doing a crash course in filing our taxes. In today’s episode, we’ll determine if a DIY approach to filing your taxes is a good fit for you.
I’m finally going to say it—I like filing my own taxes. I like doing puzzles, birdwatching, and generally nerdy things, so let’s all just laugh at me for a second and then kindly move along. I like doing my own taxes, in part, because I tend to get irritated answer a lot of questions about my life when I don’t know what those questions will be up front, and that’s what I envision doing my taxes with a stranger is like. I would much rather file in my own home, in my pajamas, and with my dog Woodford cheering me on.
I use TurboTax, and have for years, and this is not an ad. I like using them because they gently guide you through the process of filing your taxes and ask thorough enough questions that I’ve always felt like my bases were covered, without offering me judgmental looks about a weird event in my life. But, I also knew that I would be able to do my own taxes because of a few things:
If you are working with a limited number of forms and a limited budget, it might be worth the expense to tackle filing your taxes yourself. As always, talk to friends and family about what services and systems they use and why they like them to see what the best fit is for you.
Have you filed your taxes yourself before? Let me know on Instagram @nowthatimnotyourteacher.
Now That I'm Not Your Teacher is a podcast that offers insight about the real world stuff that teachers often want to say, but either don't have time to or really shouldn't.
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