Just completed my taxes: federal, state, school tax, city tax. Refunds for school and state taxes don't cover the bill due to Pharaoh.
You may not realize your priest has to pay taxes on the house the parish gives him to live in. That counts as income, along with all meals provided.
The federal forms are pretty straightforward, although not so* the worksheets for Schedule D (that's what you get to fill out if you have investments or mutual funds, and you get a form detailing things like "capital gains," "modified capital gains," and something called "unrecovered section 1250 distributions" or something like that).
Worksheets had fun things like:
Write amount from Line 44 here:
Add amount from Line 23, Schedule D, here:
Subtract amount from Line 23, Schedule D, here:
Is this amount same as the beginning amount? Start over...
You think I'm kidding--not much...
The City of Piqua forms are the worst. Get this: last year, I got my form back, because I made a mistake. Okay--so I got a refund. Great, huh? But the refund was reduced by the amount of the penalty . . . I read the letter three times--couldn't figure out what the penalty was for, and why I paid a penalty when I overpaid my taxes . . .
So this year, I just put a lot of squiggles everywhere, and I'll wait until they tell me my taxes--the $25 penalty counts as a tax-preparation fee.
The state of Ohio's tax forms were, in contrast, fairly simple and clear. In fact, the state enables you to file online, and it's very user-friendly. No surprise, I guess, that the state is really, really good at soaking us with taxes, since we can't get industry to move here.
Total time? Three and a half hours. Not too shabby.
* I can't stand to leave my bad grammar uncorrected--corrected 7:30, 4/17