Have you started taxes yet?

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  1. kdonnel

    kdonnel DVC-BCV

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    I must have misunderstood your post. I thought you were infering that with the withholding changes, a large refund was no longer possible.
     
  2. Christine

    Christine Would love to be able to sit on

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    Okay, put my 2018 numbers into 2017 Turbotax. Even though my income was lower this year, I made out better in 2017 than in 2018--I don't mean refunds by any means. My tax bill (total federal tax) was $600 less done under the 2017 taxes over 2018.

    The biggest head scratcher was my state. If I used the 2017 software, I would get $432 refund back from state. In 2018, I owe state for the very first time at a whopping $64.
     
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  4. Mackenzie Click-Mickelson

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    Oh no that wasn't what I was meaning :)
     
  5. kdonnel

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    Is your states taxes based off federal? Georgia had to adjust the state tax structure to match the federal changes or Georgia residents would have been hit with a large tax bill in 2018. Perhaps your state was in the same boat and did not 100% adjust as needed?
     
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  6. Christine

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    I believe this may be the case and I thought I heard that my state might be making some adjustments, but at this point (Feb) I'm not holding out much hope.
     
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  7. Darcy03231

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    Just did mine this morning. Income was about the same as last year (slight increase). Taxes came out to about $1500 less than last year, so a win for us.
     
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  8. lifesavacation

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    Yeah the 10k cap is going to hurt us as well. Our property taxes are out of control.
     
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  9. LilyWDW

    LilyWDW Going to My Happy Place

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    Taxes were finally approved and my refunds will be hitting my account Monday/Tuesday. So that is nice. Right before my birthday!

    Is there an easy way to figure out withholdings? I am getting a promotion at the end of the month with a pretty big increase in pay and want to be sure I don't mess anything up. I want to maximize my pay checks but also don't want to owe much. Right now they are all set to 1.
     
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  10. Turksmom

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    There is a new withholding calculator on the IRS site. It walks you through questions and tells you the #s to enter on a new W-4.
     
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  11. mjkacmom

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    DH just did them, the changes cost us $4000 not itemizing (he did it both ways). Most homeowners is NJ will be feeling the pain. No reason not to pay off the mortgage now!
     
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  12. starry_solo

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    Yes they are. :P
     
  13. runwad

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  14. aprilchem

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    Just did ours - the changes saved us $2000 over last year's taxes. Our tax rate went down, plus we got to claim the child tax credit (which we've never been able to claim before).
     
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  15. Ben E N

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    Woohoo. Just got my tax return today. Less than a week from submitting it to getting it, and before any potential government shutdown later this week. Now to flip that money into Disney annual passes...
     
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  16. LilyWDW

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    Thank you both! I will check this out asap.
     
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  17. skyblue17

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    Just filed last night. Learned a lesson last year, after inputting into TurboTax, they wanted to charge me $79 to file. Instead went to H&R Block online, where it is only $15 to not only file both federal and state but also hold onto your records so that it's an easier process the next year. I got more back than I expected for both! Which just makes me worry something went wrong, lol. But I'm happy to have them in before the potential shutdown.
     
  18. Turn the Page

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    I just dropped our taxes off at the post office today. I'm hoping our return gets to the IRS before the government shuts down again.

    We got about $2800 more back this year than we did last year which is good. Everything is earmarked so we will feel flush for all of about a day and a half then it will all be gone to its various locations and we won't feel so flush anymore. Oh well, such is life.

    I have to play around with DH's withholding this year as well. He also got a major promotion at work last month with a huge salary increase so we need to look and see if we should change it or not. What may make it difficult is he got a pretty decent raise on his weekly salary but the bulk of the increase will come in tri-annual bonuses. I'm not sure how we account for that.
     
  19. Kathryn Merteuil

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    No, but all the stuff is gathered up.
     
  20. jerseygal

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    Agreed, out of control! Retirees find it difficult to live in the tri state comfortably. The Tax Reform just put the "icing on the cake" for us...headed to a no income tax state, Florida for semi retirement.:banana: Tired of shoveling snow and virtually half a year of unfavorable weather.
     
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  21. Christine

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    Wow, pricey. I generally buy my TurboTax at Costco in January when they have the $10 off. I think I pay $39 for it and it gives me 5 free federal e-files and one free state e-file. That's about the cheapest I can get it, I think but I may look at H&R block if the total price is only $15! I hate to pay to e-file and I won't do it if it's not free. I always owe money so I'm not going to pay to send them my money!!

    My adult children use H&R Block online and it's free for them (both state and federal) because their AGI is below $66,000. I think this will be the last year that both of them fall under that income level.
     

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