Friday, March 07, 2008

Tax Time

W: D's been asking when I'm going to post again, so I better get on it. I have no good excuse for my dearth of posts other than that I'm exceptionally close to solving Super Mario Galaxy.

It is so much fun hanging with the Deuce these days, and they are fully walking just in time: the little buggers are getting h-e-a-v-y. Seriously, you should see D's arms, she's jacked from carrying them all the time. But now that they're both bipedding about, it's time to get out the tethers (which is a better word than leash, don't you think?).

Oh! And becoming an au pair family has been great. A is adjusting to Seattle weather and American culture swimmingly. And her schedule allows Dana and I to have a date night every weekend. We're slowly but surely letting all our friends know that we're back on the floor and our dance card is empty. I can't believe how many new restaurants opened up since last January - we certainly have some catching up to do.

The last two paragraphs are dedicated to the folks over at Turbo Tax. While this may come across as rantish, I'm genuinely amazed at how easy Turbo Tax is to use given the complexity of the U.S. Tax Code.

However, Turbo Tax is geared for people who have single babies (boring!), not twins. On the deceptively simple "Life Changes" page, I answered "yes" to the "Did you have a baby in 2007?" question. AND THEN IT TOOK ME 45 MINUTES TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO TELL TURBO TAX THAT WE, IN FACT, HAD 2 BABIES IN 2007. Not a super big deal, but just a note to let the folks at Intuit know that some couples have twins, you know, occasionally.

Posted by Blogtime In Twin Town @ 9:34 AM

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I'm glad it wasn't just me! I only had one daughter recognized for at least 30 minutes...

Posted by Blogger Melissa @ Friday, March 07, 2008 10:52:00 AM #
 

I'm glad that it wasn't just me either! I am, in fact, working on my amended tax return as we speak. I hit the "file" button a bit too early and then printed out the 1040 (via Turbo Tax) and realized that, WHOOPS!!!, we only claimed Reid. Finn, apparently, doesn't exist to the feds.

Anyway...I actually filed a complaint at Turbo Tax, and I went down to the IRS and the lady assured me that others w/ twins have had the same problem too.

And I thought it was just operator error!

I'm glad your Au Pair is getting adjusted to life in the big city.

And a date night...wow!

Posted by Blogger Carrie & Brook @ Friday, March 07, 2008 1:24:00 PM #
 

...oh, and how the hell did you figure out (Turbo Tax)? I inputed Finn's name about 100 times and it kept erasing it--and then, when I finally thought it was in "for good"...that's when I pushed the ol' e-file button. Whoops!!

I love Turbo Tax and I'd LOVE to use it next year, sans the freaking huge glich in their system.

Posted by Blogger Carrie & Brook @ Friday, March 07, 2008 1:26:00 PM #
 

Yes, please do tell how you got it to work in Turbo Tax - I was about to go buy the program tomorrow so I'm glad to have the heads up - any advice about how you finally got two names in? Thanks!

---Kimberly
from the twin PEPS group

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