I mailed off my state and federal tax forms this morning!
$3700 will soon be coming my way. I have plenty of places to put it, so it won't last long.
I have done my own taxes for years. In fact, I also wind up doing returns for my children, and some of my colleagues as well. I don't use software because I'm too cheap, though, for my kids, I use the free version of TaxAct available through the IRS website.
I wish I could guesstimate better because I do know that getting such a large return means the government got the free use of MY money, but it's surprisingly hard to gauge accurately. I claim three exemptions for my employer. I have decided to stick with that because I won't have any children to claim on my 2009 return. This will bring me closer to the $0 owed mark without (I hope) my having to pay taxes.
At any rate, this is the first time in my working life that I have ever gotten my tax returns filed prior to January 31st. Let's hope the tax refund folks are appreciative and equally fast.