I had set aside three days, beginning today, to do my taxes. It was fairly complicated because Bill had a business as an antiques consultant and part of our home was his office. I always dreaded doing the taxes when he was alive because I'd be constantly running to him asking one question or another. This year I had to do it without him. A truly scary thought. So with Turbo Tax in hand I began at 8:00 this morning and by 4:00 this afternoon, I was finished.
There were a few hiccups along the way. Instructions said if we had filed married-filing-jointly the year before I should put our names on the return in the same order (that would be with Bill's name first). But I hadn't gotten very far before Turbo Tax decided we were both deceased and I couldn't get it to accept my edit and admit that I was still alive. Apparently I needed to put my name first on the tax return.
Then Turbo Tax couldn't understand that Bill never resided in Florida. I even put the effective date of residency in mid-December and it still made me answer certain questions as though Bill had moved with me.
I printed the return a couple of times to read it over and see if it had all the information that had been filed in previous years. Thank goodness I did because I found a few extra deductions that Turbo Tax hadn't prompted me for. Still and all, it's over and done.
So now it's time to relax and have a beer. Cheers y'all.