Posted by: Anonymous
on March 27, 2008 07:12 PM
I've used https://www.fileyourtaxes.com/ for years now. They're one of the many online sites listed/recommended by the IRS. It's ~$60 to prepare your taxes for the IRS + CAFTB (California state taxes) and free to e-file. They support Itemized deductions and everything I've ever needed. The interface is easy enough - it asks you all sorts of questions and you just answer them and complete the forms it directs you to. At the end, you'll end up with PDF copies of all the forms completed.
I use GNUCash for tracking all my accounts. I generate a report for all my items flagged as Medical, another for Donation, etc. and save the PDFs along with the fileyourtaxes.com PDFs. I also scan all my paper forms (W-2s, INT-1099, etc.) and save them with that year's taxes. Actually, I found after the fact that I could view my INT-1099s online (which I "print" to cups-pdf) and get my employer email me (internal corporate email) my W-2. That way I've got paper copies, as long as complete digital copies of everything.