Uncoordinated Companies

I’d prefer to work with only one company when doing a particular type of thing. It seems somewhat convenient that Turbotax and Quicken both belong to Intuit, and I do payroll through Intuit as well.

So, when it came time to do Form 1099 filing, I tried to do it through Intuit Payroll. Well, guess what: Intuit Payroll doesn’t do 1099s. Dumb, perhaps, but true. So I ask Google for advice and find myself to something with the uninspiring name of “eFileMyForms.Com.”

The site seems to work fine. The hilarious part is that a couple of days later I get an e-mail from Intuit – they too offer that service. As far as I can tell, though, the only way to find it is if they e-mail you the link. (Or you can click here).

Now, WHY didn’t Intuit Payroll point me that way when I asked about 1099s? Why doesn’t Google even know that Intuit/Turbotax does on-line forms? Perhaps it’s that Intuit hasn’t figured out how to get its widespread subdivisions to cooperate, much less like each other.

Here’s a follow-up – I’ve been composing this while attempting to navigate the QuickEmployerForms Intuit site. The site seems to be either poorly designed or overloaded. It failed to log me in with my Quicken login (which it claims to accept) by timing out. Other attempts to visit have also timed out. So I don’t guarantee the above link to Intuit.

On the other hand, I had no trouble at all with eFileMyForms.com. While I won’t know for sure unless the Feds come after me for ‘failure to file,’ it appears that everything went fine when I filed my forms through them.

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