These are specific instructions for entering information from the Boomer Deduction Worksheet into Tax Slayer using their online tax preparation at www.taxslayer.com. I used the Miltary version which it said would be free, though I can't vouch for that.
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- Make sure you fill out the 2014 Boomer Deduction Worksheet, found HERE, first.
- The information and answers to various questions apply to the Boomer Deduction only. It is possible that some yes's or no's may be different for you if you have complementing or overlapping situations.
- I don't write everything from each page, but I generally start at the top of the page. Sometimes the page title will use information, such as your name or your car make, so mine won't match. If the page title is long, I may discontinue with a ... but you should be able to tell where I am.
- Generally, when finished entering information on a page you click the "Continue" button. I won't always tell you to do that.
- I'll indicate new pages on their site by separating information with three asterisks - ***
- I'll indicate that you should be entering something or clicking a button by using the # sign
After logging in and creating an account, you will enter personal information (list occupation as 2 Crew FBM Submariner), as well as information from your W-2's and other documents, advancing using the continue buttons. Eventually you will get to the Deductions portion where you will select "Enter Myself" which will take you to a list of sections with "Begin" buttons next to them.
# Click the "Begin" button next to "Itemized Deductions"
# Click the "Begin" button next to "Job Related Travel Expenses
Form 2106 Information
# In the "Occupation" box, enter "2 Crew FBM Submariner
# In the "Travel expenses while away from overnight including lodging, airplane, car rental, etc." box, enter the value from Line (K) of the Boomer deduction Worksheet
# In the "Business expenses not included above or in vehicle expenses" box, enter the value from Line (L) of the Boomer Deduction Worksheet
# In the "Enter your Meals and Entertainment Expense" box (the first one with the 50% near it) enter the value from Line (M) of the Boomer Deduction Worksheet
# Click Continue (but first start to notice your tax refund getting bigger! You can thank me later :)
# Click the "Begin" button next to "View/Edit Vehicles"
# Enter the make and model in the vehicle description box
# Enter the date acquired
# Enter the total miles driven in 2013 (12/31 odometer - 1/1 odometer)
# In the "Business Miles Driven" box, enter the value from Line (N) of the Boomer Deduction Worksheet
# Enter your daily roundtrip commute in the box that asks for it
# Click "Yes" for "Is your vehicle eligible for the standard mileage rate
# Click Continue
Form 2106 Vehicle
# If more than one vehicle used, click the "Add Another" button and repeat steps, if not, Click Continue
# Click the "Begin" button next to "Vehicle Questions"
# Check the first box if there is more than one car in your household
# Check the other three boxes
# Click Continue
That's it! Hopefully this worked for you. Feel free to ask any questions at email@example.com. I will try to answer quickly but I do get busy during tax time, so don't feel slighted if it takes a while. Feel free to ask questions in the comments, that way we can help everyone. Please share with your fellow Boomer Sailors! If you want me to do your taxes, I can do them via mail or email with no payment until you are satisfied and with secure online review and approval. I will also check tax returns for free, and, if I find errors, I will tell you the difference and offer to fix for a price (if I check and find no errors I back it up with my company's standard guarantee.) I encourage you to take advantage of that, I have seen some bad things on Military Tax Returns (I am a retired submarine Master Chief BTW.)
These posts have more info on the Boomer Deduction, with links to references. If you do your taxes yourself, make sure to do your due diligence.
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