I use TurboTax Online – the Web-based version of the software you can also buy in a box from Intuit – to do my taxes every year. For someone like me, it does a great job of helping make sure I cover all the bases and think about everything.

The one thing that’s frustrated me to no end in years past was that the State of Oregon never seemed to get its act together soon enough, and when I’d finish my taxes and then try to file electronically, I’d find out that while the feds were ready for me, Oregon wasn’t accepting electronic returns yet. I’d typically be doing my taxes right about now (first few days of February), and Oregon would start accepting electronic submissions in mid-February.

But this year, for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to submit my federal and state returns together, right away and without having to save and come back later. That’s the way it should be.

So, as much as I hate to say it, someone in Salem did something right this year. Or at least someone down there didn’t do something wrong. Either way, I’m happy about it.

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