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1040 Blues.

I just finished my taxes, which were a bear and a half. Now that I’m paying back my student loan, I’ve graduated from the 1040EZ to the 1040A, which was still relatively easy to fill out. However, I continue to be baffled by state tax forms.

Why do they keep asking me questions like: Do you make your living from refurbishing river boats to be gambling casinos? Do you make over 40% of your yearly wages from the selling of fish and game? How many people do those types of questions really affect?

Adding to my difficulty, I had to fill out both the Indiana Non-Resident / Part Time Resident (I was still a resident of Tennessee while attending grad school at IU) and the Missouri Part Year Resident (I became a resident after moving here in May and starting my job) forms. I had to do both forms in parallel so that I could figure out if I’d come out ahead by claiming state tax paid in Indiana on my Missouri forms or vice versa.

When all is said and done, I’ll be getting back $277 from my federal federal return, $114 from Missouri, and I get to pay a whopping $10 to Indiana.

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I’m glad I am not the only one who thinks state tax forms are ridiculous. Doesn’t it just seem logical that they should be EASIER to fill out than federal forms? Alabama’s doesn’t sound as bad as yours, but I always spend about five times as much time and effort and brain power (and filing cabinet space) on my state form every year than on my piddly 1040A (this was the last year I could claim a full year’s deduction on my student loan interest–sniff).

Max | 2 Apr 2001
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Matt –

I hear you there. I have to sort through 5 W-2’s from locations in Louisiana and Arkansas – I use the 1040EZ but I think I’m gonna have to bone up on the 1040 and 1040A if I’m gonna be part of the real work force. Short-term employment sucks (and so do those darn W-4’s).

Jerry | 5 Apr 2001