Originally Posted by glorkar
Darn my math skills. Too accurate. The program confirms that I owe $18. First year I've ever had to pay in. Gotta love being a single white male in this great country of ours!
Have you started a new job this year or re-done your W-4'*? If so, you may have claimed too many exemptions on the W-4. OR, if you have two jobs you may not have had enough pulled out. You usually want to claim 0 or 1 for exemptions if you want a refund at the end of the year. The more exemptions you claim the smaller your refund (or bigger balance due) but the larger your paychecks are. Your age really doesn't play a factor unless you're a full time student and your parents claim you as a dependent. The only huge thing that makes a difference in the age of 25 is the earned income tax credit.
Also, about the tax preparer being responsible if there are any errors is not entirely true. IF for example you claim deductions for expenses the taxpayer
is responsible for proving those expenses, not the tax preparation office. They can input that you had spent that $$ and claim it as a deduction, however, they should always warn you that you need to retain receipts as proof of that money spent. If you lie to your tax preparer and give THEM false information, you're going to be held liable.