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post #1 of 17
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Every year I screw up my city taxes.

Now, I'm not a dumb person, but the form they give me is confusing and hard to understand. I end up thinking that I don't owe anything, but then July will roll around and I'll get a bill.


This year I thought I had the problem licked. I went to a tax professional and paid him $20.00 to fill out the form for me. He screwed it up. I own them $20.00.

It's not the money that matters it's just the fact that I get a bill EVERY year. I think they hate me.

post #2 of 17
Sheesh!!! Have you told the tax dude he screwed up??
post #3 of 17
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Sheesh!!! Have you told the tax dude he screwed up??
I called him and told him off!

I will never ever go back there again. Like I said it's really not about the money. It's about getting a bill for any amount.


At least I don't owe them $300.00 like I did last year.
post #4 of 17
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I called him and told him off!

I will never ever go back there again. Like I said it's really not about the money. It's about getting a bill for any amount.


At least I don't owe them $300.00 like I did last year.
i'd request HE pay it. is it just coincidence that his fee & the amount you owe are the same?
post #5 of 17
I totally agree with you Heather, city taxes are SO confusing.... you don't happen to live in a CCA city do you? I live in Medina, worked (last year) in Valley View but also worked in Medina in 2005 it was so nice because on their website they had the self-computing thing online, but last year they didn't
post #6 of 17
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I totally agree with you Heather, city taxes are SO confusing.... you don't happen to live in a CCA city do you? I live in Medina, worked (last year) in Valley View but also worked in Medina in 2005 it was so nice because on their website they had the self-computing thing online, but last year they didn't
It is CCA. I swear to high heaven that I have a college degree, I am reasonably intelligent, and I screw up that form EVERY YEAR!

I am so mad I could just spit.
post #7 of 17
I think its CCA's plan to have everyone screw up their city taxes, their form is BY FAR the most confusing form on the market
post #8 of 17
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I think its CCA's plan to have everyone screw up their city taxes, their form is BY FAR the most confusing form on the market
I agree... it's the worlds worst tax form.
post #9 of 17
If your tax professional screwed up, you shouldn't have to pay him, it was his fault.

Luckily we have our taxes taken out of our mortage payment every month so I never have to worry about mistakes. Usually we actually get about a $400 escrow overage refund at the beginning of every year so that works for us
post #10 of 17
If it is like any stupid tax form, it was written by politicians and lawyers. Neither are known for communicating succinctly and clearly.
post #11 of 17
Have you tried using programs like TurboTax? I did both federal and state taxes with it this year and it was pretty easy. Though I still haven't received my state tax return yet and I filed in the middle of March (they say 10 weeks normally). I know a gov't computer was stolen in Ohio and the state people are going nuts over it, but I want my money!!! I could be earning interest!!!

Speaking of interest. It's better to owe the state/city/country a little money at the end of the year than getting a tax return, more interest for you.
post #12 of 17
Argh, how annoying!

I always use a program too online..they are really easy..If I can do them, a monkey could. (anything to do with numbers, I might as well be 5 years old)
post #13 of 17
that's the joy of city taxes though, there are different agencies for different cities (at least in our area) and those are all done differently, so no computer program I turbo taxed my fed and state but had to grit my teeth thru the city.... luckily I have everything taken out perfectly so I never owe, but i do still have to file and complete the paperwork, which is a mind-bender

and Lemur, you might want to check into that, your check might have gotten lost I did direct deposit in Ohio and got my refund in less than 2 weeks
post #14 of 17
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and Lemur, you might want to check into that, your check might have gotten lost I did direct deposit in Ohio and got my refund in less than 2 weeks
Wow, no kidding? I actually called them not too long ago to ask and this really rude guy yelled at me saying they're "not up to there yet". I guess I can try calling again.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
Lemur, you might want to check into that, your check might have gotten lost I did direct deposit in Ohio and got my refund in less than 2 weeks
Definitely call again. It never take more than 3 weeks from the date we filed our returns for IRS to direct deposit refund into the account. We use Turbo Tax but I may use a tax professional next year. Since we do not have kid/car/boat/home equity loan/medical bill, the only things we can use are mortgage interests & charity donations. We've paid, in the thousands, for 3 years in the row now. Ouch!!!
post #16 of 17
Ugh! I'm utterly disgusted right now. I called the tax department like 3 weeks ago asking why I haven't received my tax return yet. They lady said some garbage about not being able to give me my full tax return because I wasn't a resident for the entire year, and that I would get only about half. She said I'd get this "partial refund" in a week or two, and even after 3 it's no where in sight... something is seriously fishy here...
post #17 of 17
My advice would be to see if your city taxes are available to do online via Turbo Tax. The first two years that I filed city taxes (GR, Michigan) I had the same problem, only the first year I owed over $200! Then I started to use Turbo Tax for my city taxes as well, and I haven't had a problem since!
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