Rowyn (rowyn) wrote,
Rowyn
rowyn

The State of Income Tax (oh wait, I mean, my state income tax)

Action Log:
4/14/10
Work
ZOMG still need to do MO tax return and it's April 14th well I've got 13 minutes before I need to get to work so:
ActivityTime Spent

Finding the right page from which to get the correct tax form:
30 seconds

Filling out wrong form because my desktop browser didn't download the entire page of links
1 minute

Getting desktop computer to load link for and save correct tax form
4 minutes

Filling out tax form*
14 minutes

Locating slightly mildewed envelope in basement with which to mail tax form
1 minute

Caring that my state taxes will be mailed in a slightly mildewed envelope
2.1 seconds

Emailing tax return to myself at work to print
30 seconds

Figuring out which pages of the 16-page form I needed to print
2 minutes

Re-printing document because the pdf has its own embedded print function you need to use to print, which also helps determine which forms you have to print
2 minutes

Addressing envelope and putting in mail
3 minutes

Total time spent dealing with state tax return
00:28:02.1



Additonal factoids

Number of minutes late to work
11

Net Refund from Missouri
$5


Five dollars? Really, Missouri Department of Revenue? Really? I'd tell you to keep it but you'd just send Guido after me.

Conclusion: doing the state taxes took a little longer than I expected, mostly not because of things the state did. Even so, at less than 30 minutes, it's not really worth paying extra to have a program do them for me. Especially since a program doesn't take zero time, either (though it would take considerably less, especially if it can e-file. I couldn't see a way to e-file on Missouri's website, although I'm pretty sure it's possible.)

Anyway: really truly done with taxes for 2009 now, this time for sure.

* Missouri changed the way they handle the pdf this year: now their 1040 pdf contains 16 pages of different forms, including all kinds of forms that it auto-completes in case they matter, but they don't. I spent a few extra minutes navigating the additional forms to make sure they didn't matter.
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