By Bruce Yernberg, (Tax Filer Since 1966)
Like many other of my retired senior friends I have been gathering documents in preparation for filing my U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. I often wonder why they call it “individual” for my filing because it is joint. It seems we start off with deception if not downright disrespect by our government for our spouses.
For most of us, who are residents in Minnesota, it is going to be confusing. One of the few well promoted selling points for the Federal return is that many of us can file our Federal return on a post card size return. If you haven’t seen one yet, you probably won’t see it if it is placed in front of you. I downloaded Form 1040 in its original size and had to magnify it to read it. Now I have reading glasses and I couldn’t make the small font out. So I bought my first magnifying glass. Throughout the post card form were many lines that referred me to “see instructions”. Just for my return (the post card) I discovered 148 pages of instructions before I gave up.
I am not sure ‘Minnesota One’ is up to speed in coordinating the State forms with the post card. When they get past all the hugging at the Capitol maybe we can find out.
Anyone know a good accountant?