Taxes done! (and best IRS instruction ever)

We just finished our taxes! This year’s vital stats:

Hours taken: around 5 (basically 8-midnight last night, plus an hour for copying/getting ready to mail)
Number of pieces of paper in my return: 13 (including Schedules A, C, D, and SE)
Best line seen in the IRS instructions: As I was looking for the rules on charitable deductions, I discovered this gem:

Certain whaling captains may be able to deduct expenses paid in 2011 for Native Alaskan subsistence bowhead whale hunting activities.

which is doubly awesome because I was just reading along about general charity stuff and them Bam! Whaling captains. (

It was tiring (especially due to NATI’s stock split, which threw us for a loop for a short while), but I still do enjoy doing them by hand and seeing what’s going on. Maybe one of these years we’ll try TurboTax or something…

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