Feb 9, 2011

H&R Block's At Home Deluxe Tax Software Giveaway CLOSED

Tax Time! Usually people either love it or they dread it.  Sometimes people know they will be getting money back but still dread the process. Thankfully, ours are pretty easy so I'm all about getting my money back.  It's usually just the painful process of waiting for others to send me the proper paperwork.

Last Minute Tax Tips from Office Depot’s Finance Expert, Farnoosh Torabi
Good news is you have three EXTRA days this year to file, due to April 15 falling on a holiday in D.C. this year.
1.       File Online. Go green and save time and money. Choose from a variety of affordable online software to help you file your taxes [H&R Block At Home Deluxe & At Home Business] Note that taxpayers whose adjusted gross income was $58,000 or less in 2010 can file electronically for free through the IRS web site at freefile.IRS.gov.
2.       Boost IRA Savings. Contributing to a traditional IRA is one of the last ways to really reduce your 2010 taxable income before April 18.  You have until the very last day to contribute to this retirement account and deduct the amount from your taxable income. The dollar limit contribution for 2010 is $5,000 is you’re 49 or younger. $6,000 if you’re age 50 or older.
3.       Remember the Basics. Be sure to sign and date your 1040. Review your personal identification – social security, address, business ID (for business owners), etc.  
4.       Opt for Direct Deposit. Another perk to filing electronically is that if you're expecting a refund, you can get your check sent directly to your savings account. And because you avoid snail mail you can probably get paid a week early.
5.       Add Up All Your Write-Offs.  Deductible expenses here and there can add up to big savings come tax day. Job hunting-related expenses such as relocation (50 miles away from current home), travel and meals, copies, faxes, are eligible for a tax deduction. Also, if you are self-employed you may receive deductions for insurance paid out of pocket and any self-employment taxes.  Don’t forget deductions for student loan interest and medical savings accounts, too.
6.       Make a Copy of Your Return. It will come in handy when filling out next year’s return. Plus if you apply for a mortgage or a refinance, banks will want to see your tax return.  Keep returns for an average 3 years from when it was filed, during which time the IRS is most likely to audit (if at all).
7.       Stay Organized. As soon as you’re done filing make sure you keep all your paperwork organized. Your return, your paystubs, your receipts, will all come in handy down the road if (and I hope this doesn’t happen) the IRS decides to audit your return or if there is a discrepancy between the IRS records and what you claimed and you need to prove that, indeed, you filed everything correctly. 
8.       Out of Time? Get an Extension. If you absolutely can’t make the April 18th deadline this year, you can request a six-month extension by filling out the IRS Form 4868. 

If you could use a little help with your taxes, Office Depot is here to help with a giveaway of TWO copies of HR Block's At Home Deluxe Tax Software. 

AND if you already have your taxes done, or have a preferred method of preparation, they are also offering customers 25 free copies of their tax return until 4/15/11.

Giveaway Rules
Required Entry: Leave a comment sharing what other ways you've used to get your taxes done or who will have the pleasure of using this software this year to complete them if you win.

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~Enter any of my other current giveaways (listed at the top of my page) - 1 entry per giveaway

PLEASE NOTE: I will do my best to mediate any problems in delivery of giveaway prizes with the sponsor, and I do my best only to represent companies I trust, however I am not personally responsible for any prizes which are not received for delivery or any other reasons.

**Winner will be added to this post when selected**

Contest ended 2/25/11!
US Residents Only!

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  1. My Dad has helped us in the past, but if we won my husband would put this to good use. We need to get going on them!

  2. Entry 3: I like your blog on Facebook.

  3. I usually do my family's taxes. So parents and aunt are the lucky ones this year :) They take me out for dinner after the daunting task!!

  4. tweeted http://twitter.com/styleezta/status/38231582024138752

  5. my daughter always did my taxes but if I win this I could do them myself

  6. GFC follower

  7. We've used Turbo Tax before
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  8. we usually have an accoutant do our taxes, but last year we (my husband and I) together figured out how to do them to save $$$$ - if I win - that will be the case this year!