Turbotaxable (but not yet Turbotaxed) oGovernment Paperwork
May 29, 2013 1:43 PM Subscribe
Websites and software like Turbotax make it fast and easy(-ish) to file taxes. But what about everything else? I'm curious what kinds of paperwork could be "turbotaxed," but doesn't yet have a streamlined website or program to help people get through the red tape.
posted by Green Winnebago to work & money (8 answers total)
I'm looking for paperwork that's confusing, complex or time consuming. The paperwork should be something that can be dramatically streamlined, in a manner similar to Turbotax. (Turbotax, if you're not familiar with the software, asks the user a series of simple, easy to understand questions, then automatically crunches the numbers and fills out the tax forms automatically.)
Bonus points if people frequently pay an organization to help them fill out the paperwork. For example, I know of one profession where people regularly pay upwards of $1,000 to have a company help them fill out and file a series of forms that are required to get a license.
What I'm looking for:
types of paperwork that don't already have a Turbotax-esque software
preferably so difficult to fill out or file that people often hire agencies to help them complete the paperwork
could be completely or almost completely automated through a website
From what I hear, Veteran's Benefits paperwork is often confusing and difficult to complete. Many of the people filling out the paperwork may be older, disabled or not especially educated, and may thus struggle filling out and filing the paperwork. A simple, large-print website that asks a series of simple questions seems like it could fill a potential niche.
Many different professions require accreditation of one form or another, which often means oodles of red tape. What professions are like this, and what forms do they have to fill out?
Are there common forms of taxes that Turbotax and similar websites don't yet help you fill out? Are they time-consuming or confusing enough that people might be willing to pay a website to help fill them out, yet also straightforward enough that a computer program could automate them?
Any and all help is greatly appreciated. If you're not completely sure about something, feel free to say it anyway. Better too much input than too little.