Many people fill out their forms in February, shortly after receiving their W2s, 1099s and other forms that summarize their previous year's income. I usually like to do mine the first part of March. This year I waited until the beginning of April because of many extracurricular influences, real or imaginary.
It took me a little over 3 hours to fill out the form using a computer program. I can't tell you how long it took me prior to sitting down at the keyboard to gather all the paperwork required to answer the questions. I don't know if that is high or low for filers similar to me, but I don't feel too badly about the time. I know that once I hit the file button I felt relief that it was over.
Monday, I went online to "find out where your return is", and discovered that it hadn't filed. OH NO. I opened my program and discovered that it had not been e-filed. I quickly hit the red button and filed. I am so glad I checked before the deadline. But talk about a stomach turn! Shortly after pressing that submit button, I received an email confirming my submission and the next day, an email notifying me that my form was accepted.
So, today, I celebrate not worrying about filling out another IRS 1040 for at least 9 months. Hope you can celebrate with me.