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.”

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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.

Free SCORE Tax Tips

Free SCORE Tax Tips

Having your own small business can be a rewarding experience. There are many aspects that can be difficult to accomplish on your own though. The most important issue that needs to be watched and completed correctly is taxes. Ten free tax tips offered by the Score business website can be helpful to any business owner.

Deductions are the most important thing to remember with your own business. Do not overlook those deductions that may not be the most obvious. Even trips that combine business and pleasure can be used as a write off, just make sure more than half is business related. If your business has employees, you need to worry about getting the correct taxes out of paychecks. Social security, medicare, state and federal taxes all must be withheld. Also unemployment taxes and employer matching are also important.

Keep all of the tax documents for at least seven years. Good record keeping could save money in the end. Business tax returns and licenses should be kept indefinitely though.

Make sure that all of the business tax deadlines are met. April 15 may be the personal deadline but it is not the same for business. All business owners know that estimated taxes are due four times a year. And they remember that sales taxes are due either monthly or quarterly or their bookkeeper keeps track of the dates for them. Employee taxes are even more difficult, they are due either weekly, monthly, or quarterly. This will decide manly on the size of the business. All of these different rules can affect the business greatly. Keep on top of your taxes to avoid tax penalties and interest charges from the IRS.

New Tax Relief For Education

New Tax Relief For Education

The Lifetime Learning Credit 2010 gives a tax credit of up to $2,000 dollars for types of higher learning. It differs from the American Opportunity Tax Credit because it can be claimed for part-time students  and even for courses that don’t count towards a degree. This credit has been made available through 2011, 2012, and again this year. Eligible Expenses include Tuition but not room and board, Books, Equipment, and fees that may be required by the University. The Lifetime Earning Credit isn’t eligible with tuition paid fro by a scholarship, employer funds or a grant. Even if multiple students are eligible the Lifetime Learning Credit can only be claimed once a year per household. The tax credit reduces taxes by 20% for non qualified expenses for up to $10,000 dollars for a total of up to $2,000.

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A construction project to repair and update the building façade at the Department of Education headquarters in 2002 resulted in the installation of structures at all of the entrances to protect employees and visitors from falling debris. ED redesigned these protective structures to promote the “No Child Left Behind Act”. The structures were temporary and were removed in 2008. Source: U.S. Department of Education, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You may claim the credit if you, a dependent or your spouse attends an eligible university or educational institution. even if only one class is taken, the tax credit may be claimed. All accredited colleges and universities are eligible as well as vocational schools as long as their also eligible for the US Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Programs. Single head of households and qualifying widows earning between $53,000 and $63,000 have been phased out for 2013. If you’re married and filing jointly, the phase amount is $107,000 to $127,000. This amount is up from 2012’s phase out range of $52,000 to $62,000 for qualifying widows and single, head of household and a range of $104,000 to $124,000 for Married couples filing jointly.

Tax Carnival Ecstasy – June 18, 2013

Welcome to the June 18, 2013 edition of Tax Carnival Ecstasy. In this edition we start with an article by Jason Hull on tax accountants for your business. John Schmoll has a great post on retirement planning and saving for college together. Bill Smith takes a look at the online sales tax proposals that have been made. And we have an article on fake charities popping up after the recent events in Boston and how to protect yourself. Hope you like all the articles, bookmark, share, tweet, and like on Facebook.

Bill Smith's gold medal
Bill Smith’s gold medal (Photo credit: Waikiki Natatorium)

filing

Jason Hull presents Tax Accounts for Your Business posted at Hull Financial Planning, saying, “Don’t forget that if you own a business which is treated as a partnership for tax purposes, you’ll be personally liable for the taxes at the end of the year!”

retirement

John Schmoll presents Retirement Planning and Saving For College: Can They Co-exist? posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “Retirement planning and saving for college are both items that take years to save for. While it may not always be easy to balance the two, it can be possible to do so without sacrificing the other.”

John Schmoll presents How to Invest in Stocks When You Do Not Know Where to Start posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “Investing in stocks, or anything in the market, can be overwhelming for many. The key to overcoming that fear is knowing where to start and educating yourself so that you can set up an investment portfolio that’ll help you grow your wealth and reach your long-term retirement goals.”

tax law

Bill Smith presents Implications Of Passing A Senate Bill Enacting An Online Sales Tax posted at 2011 Tax, saying, “Congress is currently moving forward with a Senate bill that could place sales taxes on buyers who place orders for items housed out of state.”

taxes

Bill Smith presents TaxCaster: The Mobile Tax Calculator For Taxpayers posted at 2009 Tax, saying, “Tax calculators are popular tools for consumers these days. Before filing one’s taxes, a person can take advantage of a calculator.”

Bill Smith presents After The Events In Boston And Texas, Charity Scams Are Common posted at 2009 Taxes, saying, “When you use TurboTax to file your taxes, you may notice that you can write off the money that you gave to charities.”

tips

Cherry Liu presents 30 Blogs Featuring the Most Reliable Tips for Estate Shoppers posted at House Sitting Jobs, saying, “Real estate laws, taxes and investment options constantly change to reflect the state of the economy, which is why the smartest investors know stay ahead of the game.”

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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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.

Day 25-A Taxing Evening
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.