H&R Block And Big Tax Returns

H&R Block has a definite strategy to getting significant tax returns. The company only markets to clients in certain tax brackets. Tax preparation services tend to be the most profitable when preparers sell them to people in specific socioeconomic brackets. H&R Block has been taking specific steps to exclude low-income potential customers for tax filing.

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The company has recently pared down its free tax filing service and changed its online tax preparation packages to make them cost more money for fewer services. More types of tax returns fall into categories that are more expensive at H&R Block compared to some other tax preparers. Preparers have referred to these potential clients as “low-loyalty.”

Consultants have examined these practices and found that H&R Block’s clients fall into four general categories. The category known as the “lower right box” consists of clients whose tax returns require a good deal of paperwork but give little profit potential to the tax preparation company. H&R Block has been actively taking steps to discourage this group of filers from doing business with them.

As a result of the company’s efforts, profits have climbed by 4% during the last fiscal year while the number of prepared at tax returns has fallen by 6.2%. The tax preparers at H&R Block have also had additional time to prepare the returns of higher income clients. The company has also spent 12% less on marketing and advertising. The CEO has expressed that the company has met exact goals with these tactics.

The tax preparation company H&R Block has seen a profit boost of approximately $500 million, but these tactics also represent a risk to H&R Block’s image. By excluding lower earners, the business may not get any clientele from this population segment when they eventually earn more and move into different tax brackets.

IRS Free File To Open 2 Weeks Early

The IRS, internal revenue service, has announced the early opening of the free file. The free file will open as early as seventeenth January 2014. This is the case even though filing of 2014 taxes does not officially begin until 31st of January. In fact, reality is that the internal revenue authority is requesting tax payers to get onto the free file website which is found at IRS.gov. This is in addition to preparing tax returns using the TurboTax 2014 system.

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FILE Rubber Stamp (Photo credit: Enokson)

According to the message posted by IRS, practically all tax payers are free to use the Free File option. Tax payers making an annual income of $58000 or less can use this federal income tax preparation guide and filing program. This program is free for such individuals. It is important to note that about 70 percent of all tax payers fall into this category. This is information attributed to Tim Hugo who is the executive director at the Free File Alliance.

The online version of the hard copy tax forms is the Free File Fill-able from. All tax payers can use these online forms. However, they cannot be used to pay state taxes as they only perform basic federal calculations. These forms are not dependent on an applicant’s income and hence can be used by all tax applicants. It is therefore much easier and quite fast to organize 2014 taxes.

The IRS has partnered with the Free File Alliance which is a coalition of leading tax software companies. The organization is non profit and the partnership focuses on providing the two versions of the tax forms. This association between the IRS and the free file alliance has been around since 2002. Prior to this arrangement, the IRS had an arrangement with computer firms that provided free tax filing to about 60 percent of the population.

This program was initially set for three years and then renewed for a period of about 4 years. Now, over forty million applications have been filed, including TurboTax 2014, though these programs. All these programs are however supposed to be available to taxpayers via the IRS website. However, tax payers may only participate for free through the IRS website as it costs to use individual software companies.

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 Helps Users Get More Accurate Tax Returns

TurboTax Accurate Tax Returns

Each year, Americans are forced to go through last year’s financial information and prepare a tax return.  For some people, this is a happy time because they will be getting a tax refund, which can mean several thousand dollars in their bank account.  But for others, they will own more money to the Internal Revenue Service.

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Day 093/365 – Tax Time Phat Cash! (Photo credit: Great Beyond)

The Internal Revenue Service can not look at every single tax return because there are simply too many filed each year.  They do audit some returns, but it is only equal to one percent of all tax returns.  Most people will never have to worry about being audited by the IRS in their life time.  People cheat on their taxes to avoid paying more taxes each year or to try to get a bigger refund from the government.

The good news is that the majority of people do not cheat on their taxes.  Perhaps this peer pressure will deter other people from cheat on theirs.

Recently, the IRS Oversight board conducted a telephone survey that found that 87 percent of Americans felt that is is not acceptable to cheat on your taxes.  The main reason they were against cheating on taxes is due to personal integrity and not the possible punishment.  Just over 10 percent of people polled said it was acceptable to cheat a little bit on their taxes.

Some people cheat on their taxes without even realizing it.  They may omit important financial information or deduct something that should not be deducted.  These errors are not made intentionally, but they can mean big trouble if they get caught.

Using free Turbo Tax 2013 can help people prepare their taxes and increase the odds that their taxes will be accurate.

Sometimes an error or omission helps the individual by reducing the amount of tax they owe.  But sometimes it helps the government by raising their tax amount.  When this happens, you may not get as big of a refund as you normally would.

TurboTax is an easy to use program that many people use by themselves without hiring a tax professional.  It is less expensive than hiring a tax preparer, and you can use it at any time.

The computer program walks users through each step of preparing their taxes.  It asks questions and offers advice for every item that you need to enter, and it makes it easy for users to file their taxes.

Not only can free Turbo Tax 2013 help make your tax return more accurate, but it can also increase your refund.  Some people find they are eligible for more tax credits if they use a program to help them prepare their return.  When your tax return is accurate, you reduce the risk of an Internal Revenue Service audit.

Tax Carnival Ecstasy – February 7, 2013

Welcome to the February 7, 2013 edition of Tax Carnival Ecstasy. In this edition we start with a post on Xero by Rachel Frishe who examines why to switch to the bookkeeping software from a different option. Bill Smith has a couple of tax filing articles about the system you need to run TurboTax 2012 on your PC and a new service from Intuit to help small business find a CPA in their area call CPA Select. Finanly Basit has some tax planning tips for employees that receive a W2 tax form. Hope you find the information useful this tax season, bookmark, share, like on Facebook, tweet on Twitter and come back soon.

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Rachel Frishe presents » Why should I switch to Xero? posted at Virtual Techniques, saying, “Xero offers an efficient, collaborative environment for bookkeeping and account with robust reporting and excellent customization options.”

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Bill Smith presents TurboTax2012 System Requirements posted at 2013 Taxes, saying, “Filing Tax is one of the tedious tasks to accomplish. However, since a last few years, there has been a change in the process.”

Bill Smith presents Pros And Cons Of Filing Your Taxes With TurboTax posted at 2011 Taxes, saying, “Filing your taxes with TurboTax or another online tax program is something that people often loathe doing, therefore they try to procrastinate or push it off for later hoping that they would be excused and the year would pass by.”

Bill Smith presents Intuit Unveils TurboTax CPA Select posted at 2012 Taxes – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “TurboTax CPA Select is designed to connect small and medium business owners who require someone to file their taxes with a CPA.”

Bill Smith presents Super Saturday In Ohio: Day Of Help For Filing Taxes posted at 2012 Taxes – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “Super Saturday is a day of help in Ohio for residents in need of help filing taxes. Formerly known as the Franklin County EITC Coalition, the Tax Time Coalition of Central Ohio is ready with professionals in the tax business to help others in need of their services.”

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John Schmoll presents How to Take the Emotion Out of Investing posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “The stock market is driven largely by emotion, some say upwards of 90%. If you have a solid investment plan though you can easily separate the emotions from the day to day activity of your investments.”

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AYOUBBLIDI presents Tekenen en symptomen Mange Honden posted at Over Honden.

Bill Smith presents Tax Preparation Reviews posted at 2013 Taxes, saying, “Clients continue to use TurboTax every year as it is easy to use.”

basit presents Tax Planning for Salaried Employees- A Last Minute Guide posted at Fintotal.

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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