Help Others With Their Taxes

You may feel good about completing your 2013, 2014 or 2015 Taxes to the best of your ability, but nothing may compare to the satisfaction that can come from helping others do the same. You can make a big difference in the lives of the people in your community by volunteering with programs such as Tax Counseling for the Elderly and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance this tax season.

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TurboTax 2015 is a wonderful tax preparation guide, but a lot of people may prefer or need additional assistance. Sponsoring organizations such as TCE and VITA encourage volunteers to join in and assist the elderly and individuals of all ages who may be looking for tax help. You can complete your training online or in a classroom, and tax sites have flexible hours for volunteers and individuals seeking help with their taxes. Here are some great reasons to get involved:

  • No experience required since training is provided.
  • No charge for training materials.
  • Flexible hours.
  • Numerous sites to volunteer.
  • Support programs for military personnel.
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you are making a genuine difference in the financial lives of others.

You can sign up at [email protected] by submitting Form 14310 (VITA/TCE Volunteer SignUP) by email and start giving back to your community today.

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Your Taxes: Make Easily And Correctly

Traverse City tax expert Frank Ellis shows how to enter the pertinent information regarding your 2014 Taxes into the current year’s IRS income tax return. He points out the many benefits and aspects of the popular TurboTax software. His newly published article takes readers step by step through the process of moving the information they have posted in the previous year’s tax returns to the current returns to be finished and sent off to the Internal Revenue Service.

Frank Ellis shows how to access the details from an online account in TurboTax or from a file that has been saved on an individual’s computer. He reveals TurboTax 2015 specifics so the user can benefit most from the software and obtain the best refund from the Internal Revenue Service that is legal and possible.

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A great benefit of TurboTax software is that there is no need to re-enter information. This way, filing is much quicker, and there is less chance of making a mistake. The user can also transfer information from other files; this is a very convenient automated feature.

Frank Ellis elaborates that TurboTax users really do get larger refunds and that importing tax information from many information sources is made quick and easy. There’s no more looking for paper documents to enter financial details because TurboTax does all this automatically.

Simplicity, security and safety are highlighted in the article. It points out that many taxpayers do not notice or are ill-informed about important money saving tax details. TurboTax shows users the credits, deductions, and filing deadlines that they need to file their taxes efficiently and correctly, getting the largest possible refund.

In addition, Ellis says individuals should invest in a tax refund calculator as this tool estimates the taxpayer‘s possible refund. Armed with this knowledge, users can adjust their withholding and spending habits to make sure that tax filing goes as well as possible.

This tax refund calculator is very convenient and takes some of the anxiety out of the filing process. Knowing the approximate amount of a tax refund ahead of time helps people prepare wisely for their financial year ahead of time.

For more information about TurboTax or how to use the software online for this year’s tax season, go to .

Finding Free Tax Tips For Your Taxes

Free Tax Tips

No one wants to make a mistake when filing his or her taxes to the federal government. Unfortunately, filing on your own can be a bit difficult. If you want to file correctly, you probably want to take the time to look at free tax tips. Below are a couple sources of free tax tips for your 2013 or 2014 filings.

One of the best places to start looking for tax tips is always with the IRS (www.irs.gov). Not only is this the official source for tax information in the United States, but its tips are actually quite easy to follow. If you want a bit more information, it might be useful to take some time to look at some of the tax processing sites out there. Sites like TaxAct (www.TaxAct.com) and TurboTax (www.turbotax.com) have a great deal of filing information available even for those who do not choose to use the services. If you want to go straight to a trusted information source for even more, though, you might want to check out CNNMoney (money.cnn.com) for information when it gets closer to tax time.

If you are looking for more traditional sources, large tax processing services like H&R Block tend to have information about filing taxes available around tax time. In fact, it may be possible for you to get a quick class on how to file your own taxes from a similar giant, or even from a local tax accountant. Free classes tend to pop up around January each year, so taking the time to look at these information sources can be helpful.

Using TaxBrain.com Software And Calculators

Using TaxBrain.com Software And Calculators

Filing and preparing taxes each year is a responsibility of all American wage earners.  While it is a recurring obligation, the process of filing and preparing taxes can be pretty complicated considering the complexity of the current tax code.  When filing your taxes, it would be a good idea to take advantage of online tax preparation and guidance services provided by TaxBrain.com.

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It Takes Taxes and Bonds – NARA – 534022 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Through the use of TaxBrain.com, you will receive a number of different services.  The primary advantage is that you will be able to take advantage of all the current tax code benefits.  While taxes are required every year, deductions and credits that you qualify for could vary considerably from one year to the next.  The software will allow you to input all of your personal information and then will determine what exactly you qualify for, which could end up saving you a lot of money.

Another advantage of using the personal accounting website is that you can be assured that your taxes are compiled and filed correctly.  This can help assure that your annual tax bill is accurate, which could help you avoid fees and other tax penalties in the future.

Beyond paying taxes each year, you should also spend time tax planning for future years.  Through the use of a tax calculator, you will be able to determine what you future year’s tax liability will be.  Based on this information, you will be able to determine better if you should withhold more or less taxes during the year.

TurboTax Sees Glitch, #Fails On Twitter

TurboTax Sees Glitch, #Fails On Twitter

Filing taxes is a stressful task no matter how anyone puts it, and if anything goes wrong during the filing, it becomes a nightmare. That is what exactly happened last month when TurboTax users faced a glitch as the deadline to file federal tax returns loomed.

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Day 25-A Taxing Evening (Photo credit: Mark Sinderson)

The service run by Intuit was unavailable for approximately an hour for some users during evening, which is considered peak hour for the service. It seemed that all would be well since their problems were resolved and service was issued in less than an hour. That, however, was not the case. During the time the site’s Twitter account kept sending out messages, which, although innocent, the affected users thought were mocking them.

“Dependence isn’t always terrific, but it is at #tax time! Aren’t you curious why? #TaxBreaks #TurboTaxTip,” read a popular tweet. A user was quickly to reply with “#TurboTaxFail” hashtags, adding insult to injury. It did not take too long for users to pile on the account, which was actually designated to send out tips and not help users.

Intuit was quick to notice this, interestingly, and canceled tips and focused on helping their affected customers. Having said that, the damage was already done and users felt disgruntled at how they received no immediate help or notices on Twitter, which is often used by other services to broadcast down times and errors to their users.

As it stands right now, the company has learned from its mistake and is sure to assign someone to manually handle their Twitter account.

Tax Carnival Ecstasy – March 1, 2013

Tax Carnival Ecstasy – March 1, 2013

Welcome to the March 1, 2013 edition of Tax Carnival Ecstasy. In this edition we start off with an article by Bill Smith on about getting spam emails from the IRS and how there just like emails from old girl friends, just delete them. Brittany Hall examines Hiring an Illegal Nanny and the trouble you can get into. And John Schmoll believes you Should Just Say No to Refund Anticipation Loans, the pay day loans of the tax business. Hope you enjoy all the material, bookmark, share on Facebook, tweet, and come back real soon.

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Bill Smith presents Think Of Tax Filling? Think Turbo Tax posted at 2010Taxes, saying, “March is coming and many businesses out there know what this means. This period officially marks the time to file in business taxes back to the government.”

Bill Smith presents What Do The IRS And Your Ex-Girlfriend Have In Common? posted at 2011 Tax, saying, “You Don’t Want To Hear From Either One Of Them”

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Brittany Hall presents Why You Should Think Twice About Hiring an Illegal Nanny posted at Nanny Interview Questions, saying, “Regardless of where you stand on immigration reform, there’s no denying the fact that undocumented foreign workers will typically perform the same job duties as a native nanny for a lower salary.”

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Shelby Martin presents What Are the Consequences For Not Giving Your Nanny a W-2 Form? posted at GoNannies.com Blog, saying, “If you’re considering an under the table arrangement that will leave your nanny with no W-2 at the beginning of the year, there are some dire consequences you’ll want to take into consideration first.”

John Schmoll presents Why You Should Just Say No to Refund Anticipation Loans posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “Refund Anticipation Loans are marketed as a way to get your tax refund quicker and just in a few days. The main problem is that they’re full of fees as well as the desire to spend the money once received.”

Bill Smith presents The Benefits Of Filing Your Taxes With TurboTax 2013 Or TaxBrain posted at 2014 Taxes, saying, “If you have previously filed your taxes by going to a CPA, you really need to look into online software like TurboTax 2013 or TaxBrain.”

Bill Smith presents Saving Money With The Child Tax Credit posted at 2011 Taxes, saying, “A lot of Canadians have no idea they qualify for the Child Tax Credit or what it is.”

Mr.CBB presents Income Tax Is Like A Four Letter Word posted at Canadian Budget Binder, saying, “Income tax doesn’t have to be a four letter word if you plan and maximize on the credits available for your personal or your business returns.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of tax carnival ecstasy using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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