Hooray! My taxes are done and not a moment too soon. The deadline was April 18th this time around and I finished them on April 17th. Unfortunately, I’m $34.95 (I think that’s how much it was) poorer for it. I do file my taxes every year, because I heard that I’m supposed to but sometimes I don’t really see the point. It feels like I’m just paying Turbo Tax to tell the U.S. that I’m living overseas.
It’s all fine & good, but let’s face facts, I’m not going to get a refund on any of my salary because I made all of it overseas and I have to pay taxes on it here in Japan (as a result, I’m exempt from paying U.S. taxes). The sucky part is that sometimes those refunds can get pretty hefty if you’re actually living in the U.S.. It’s a great feeling to know you’ve got a refund check coming. When I was living in the U.S., those refunds always used to come just when I needed them.
All in all Turbotax IS a pretty reliable service that takes the guesswork out of those irritating tax calculations and I’ve never had a problem with them. But does wouldn’t say I enjoy doing my taxes, though. The good thing is I don’t have to mess with taxes again until this time next year.