You probably already know this if you have any money at all and you're not so destitute that your idea of Web browsing is staring at gutter spiders in the street.
TurboTax is the greatest piece of software ever.
Because it organizes you and makes your taxes easy? Not really.
Because it's cheap? Yeah, but that's not why I love it.
TurboTax is like a friend who saw you pick your nose, but won't tell anybody about it. TurboTax makes it easy to cheat on your taxes, and even makes you fell good about it.
Now, let's just pause for a second. I am not saying you should cheat on your taxes. You should never cheat on your taxes. That's just wrong.
All I'm saying is that if tax fraud were an outright robbery, TurboTax would make a really good getaway car driver.
I do not cheat on my taxes. But (ahem) if I ever (cough) wanted to (spit), TurboTax would just make it that much easier. It's like an extremely friendly bouncer:
It's not so much the stuff that TurboTax asks you; it's what it doesn't ask you. You're the king of Tax Avoidance Land if you have a bad memory or you're just dumb. Or if you pretend temporarily to be mentally impaired.
My parents have a lady named "Diane" who has done their taxes for as long as I remember. I don't think I've ever met "Diane" face to face. She's always been this faceless entity who does my parents' taxes and answers the odd question whenever a situation with my own taxes came up.
"Diane" is exactly the faceless character that I imagined "Diane" from Twin Peaks to be. In fact, I shared a kinship with that show, imagining my parents forwarding their tax queries to "Diane" via microcassette recorder.
When I got to college, and strayed far enough from the homestead that Diane couldn't roll me into the family taxes, my parents suggested I go to H&R Block, the country's largest fly-by-night organization. You know how around March, you suddenly see H&R Block everywhere and then it disappears right after Easter? They're like the bad Halloween store in the mall that only opens around late September and is housed where the old musty video arcade used to be.
For about three years, I had H&R Block do my taxes, and with only one nice exception, the people who did my taxes were surly, borderline incompetent and they never had answers to any of my (albeit sometimes silly) questions.
It would go like this:
"Man, the world rocks now that mankind is extinct."