April 15 is looming, but this year I’m ahead of the game; just zapped my e-file off this morning. Over the last several years I’ve been jumping back & forth between H&R Block’s Tax Cut and Intuit’s TurboTax (I liked the now-retired name “MacinTax” better), and this year it was Intuit’s turn. Well, actually that’s not entirely true; it was their turn last year as well, which put me on their list to receive an installer disk in the mail this year. Being the obedient consumer that I am, I put that disk to work.
The $40 price tag for the software could’ve been the end of it for me, but I went for the e-file option, which costs another $15. Intuit gives you two options to pay that $15; you can either charge it to a credit card, or you can have that fee deducted from your return. The catch is that if you take the latter option Intuit charges you an additional $30 for the favor.
And it doesn’t stop there; if you’ve got a refund coming, you can spend up to $1,000 of it with a Refund Bonus. Buy a $100 gift card for a participating retailer and pay just $85 for it. Not a bad deal, but it just seems a little cheesy for the outfit that’s helping me with my taxes to be hawking trinkets under the exit sign.
Seems like the folks at Intuit have got most every angle covered to extract the maximum amount of cash from their
victims customers. I guess there is one more angle they could take, but after sharing with them all of my vitals, including the names, birthdates & Social Security numbers of all my family, as well as bank and credit card account numbers, I really don’t want to think about that possibilty.
Now I did it; went & scared myself. Somebody tell me it’ll be ok. Please?