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I did a search and could not find a discussion of this topic. I'm amazed. I'll compose this post while taxes are still on my mind.

I've used TTax since the first filing after we bought an AppleII+, so that's a long time. In recent years they have included in the cost of their product the electronic filing of our federal return but not the filing of our California income tax return.

It is not clear just how much effort is required to enter a printed return from a tax program. Clearly a hand completed set of forms is a whole other problem. Clearly the California FTB starts with a table of entries designed to be scanned into a computer, but this must be a manual task. Thereafter, the paper and electronic copies need to be tracked together in a filing system. It only stands to reason that the FTB saves money if I e-file. I can't see why I should pay an additional $20 to e-file. That is way more than the paper, ink, and postage, even certified with return receipt.

Is it time for me to tell my state legislators that it should not cost me a bundle to e-file? Can anyone help me document the case with numbers?


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