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Is everyone ready to file their 2015 U.S. income tax returns?

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Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am:
Since we no longer own anything in the U.S. and we are now both permanent residents of the Philippines, our taxes have been simple to file every year.
I have multiple U.S. Government pensions, which are all earned entitlements, no freebies from the U.S. Government and I too am also still a U.S. tax payer even though retired and over 65 yrs of age and living in the Philippines permanently.
Today, I just got all of my three 1099s and a new IRS Form 1095B on-line and I can now start to prepare and e-file our 2015 income tax returns anytime before the April 15 deadline.
BTW, ever since 2006 I've been using the free on-line Turbo Tax software (nothing to download, except for copies of our completed tax forms) and have had no issues with my e-filing and whatever we owe to State and or Federal is automatically deducted from our U.S. bank account automatically before the April 15 deadline. We have no need for filing for an extension, since our taxes are simple as they can get, no itemized deductions and or any declaration for any other benefits via the IRS Form 1040A.

suzukig1:
https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/International-Taxpayers/U.S.-Citizens-and-Resident-Aliens-Abroad---Where-and-When-to-File-and-Pay

If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien residing overseas, or are in the military on duty outside the U.S., on the regular due date of your return, you are allowed an automatic 2-month extension to file your return and pay any amount due without requesting an extension.  For a calendar year return, the automatic 2-month extension is to June 15.

If you are unable to file your return by the automatic 2-month extension date, you can request an additional extension to October 15 by filing Form 4868 before the automatic 2-month extension date. However, any tax due payments made after June 15 will be subject to both interest charges and failure to pay penalties.

M.C.A.:
Art I haven't downloaded my W2 or I think its known as an 1099R, but I sure am gonna start working on it, the Turbo Tax website always needs to wait to make changes or updates to their online forms for Government and State.  I too have used Turbo Tax for at least a decade, while I was active duty I also was the tax volunteer and performed hundreds of tax returns for others, I sure miss the online forms they used, much easier then Turbo Tax, maybe I'll shop around and try somebody else this year or check the reviews.

Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am:

--- Quote from: M.C.A. on January 20, 2016, 05:30:17 PM ---Art I haven't downloaded my W2 or I think its known as an 1099R, but I sure am gonna start working on it, the Turbo Tax website always needs to wait to make changes or updates to their online forms for Government and State.  I too have used Turbo Tax for at least a decade, while I was active duty I also was the tax volunteer and performed hundreds of tax returns for others, I sure miss the online forms they used, much easier then Turbo Tax, maybe I'll shop around and try somebody else this year or check the reviews.

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Besides Turbo Tax, Tax Act https://www.taxact.com/ has also been recommended from a CPA I know on another forum, but I haven't yet had the urge to break away from using Turbo Tax which IMHO is as simple as it can get without any issues and it only takes me less than an hour from start to finish to do our tax returns on-line. I do though have an account with Tax Act, but haven't gotten around to using it yet, but I may check it out since they offer a free service using the form 1040A for State and Federal. There always seem to be a catch when something is for free!

M.C.A.:
I finished my taxes with Turbo Tax, wanted to just get it knocked out, it sure has improved on the input of data but at the end it's confusing now...Lol, how to file and where to file, but I figured it out, you need to keep trying to continue on.  Can't win for lose sometimes, but it takes me about an hour also, it could be so much shorter except they try to make money on you even if you pay for the service.

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