(Closed) Tax help! How/where do I file my taxes now?

posted 7 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
Member
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I always use turbo tax, but I don’t own a house or anything so my taxes are easy.  It looks like that site is still available for a 2009 return so you could still use that to file.

Post # 6
Member
2867 posts
Sugar bee

You file the taxes single since you were single as of Dec 31st, 2009.  You’re welcome and good luck 🙂

Post # 7
Hostess
18615 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would use TurboTax also.  You might qualify for free file but even if you don’t it is free to prepare the return.  You are going to have to mail the return in because of the tax credit though.  If you have any questions, feel free to PM me, I used to do taxes.

File the tax return under your current legal name.  But since you were not married in 2009, you cannot file as married, only single.

Post # 8
Member
2867 posts
Sugar bee

Yeah, MissAsB is right, since you have to mail the additional form in with your return, you should fill it out and print it off..not e-file.  If you pick the free blank form and fill it out, you can print it off, sign it and mail it with the additional form.

Post # 10
Hostess
18615 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

No you need to just file a normal 1040.  You are not amending your taxes.  You haven’t filed before so you aren’t amending.  You don’t need to tell them why you extended your taxes, just file the tax return.  I don’t think you can attach the 5405 to anything but the 1040.  Let me check for you…

EDIT: Yes, you can only use the 1040 to file for the homebuyers credit.

Post # 11
Member
2867 posts
Sugar bee

According to this: http://www.irs.gov/instructions/i1040x/ch01.html

“File Form 1040X only after you have filed your original return. Generally, for a credit or refund, you must file Form 1040X within 3 years (including extensions) after the date you filed your original return or within 2 years after the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. If you filed your original return early (for example, March 1 for a calendar year return), your return is considered filed on the due date (April 15). If you had an extension to file until October 15 but you filed July 1, your return is considered filed on the extended due date (October 15).”

EDIT: MissAsB is right, ignore my advice 🙁

Post # 12
Hostess
18615 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Most of the lines are the same from the 1040 to the 1040EZ (there are just extra ones but you don’t have to worry about those except for the homebuyer credit) so just look at last year’s where the numbers went and you should be able to figure everything out for the most part.

Post # 13
Member
1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

How about just taking them to an accountant? I know they are a pain the rear, at least ours was, but he had all the answers and knew what we needed for everything and we received our tax credit back in 4 weeks.

Post # 15
Member
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I hope you got everything figured out.  Don’t forget that in order to qualify for the tax credit you have to mail in your closing statement (document both you and the seller sign at closing). This proves that you actually purchased the house. 

Post # 16
Member
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Check for your local IRS office they would do it for free in ct it’s located in our superior court buildings

 

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