The Benefits Of Using TurboTax To File Your Taxes

Using TurboTax 2013 To File Your Taxes

If you have never used Turbo Tax before, you need to consider filing your taxes with this computer program this year. The old methods of tax preparation are quickly becoming archaic. Computers have revolutionized the process, and TurboTax 2013 is leading the way with a number of different advantages.

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You Can E-File
One of the main benefits of Turbo Tax is that you can e-file your paperwork when you get done. Say goodbye to stamps, envelopes, and getting your documents back because you didn’t use enough postage. With TurboTax 2013, you could do your taxes on the last possible day and still submit them on time with fast, electronic delivery.

Saving Money
On top of that, Turbo Tax will save you a fair bit of money if you have been going to a CPA. Maybe you have been willing to part with your money because you did not study tax law and you don’t want to make a mistake. TurboTax 2013 makes it easy for anyone to do their taxes, regardless of their background, so you can eliminate those annoying CPA fees.

An Easy, Question-Based System
Turbo Tax uses a system of questions to get the right information from you. These questions are much easier to understand than the legal jargon that is found on standard tax papers. TurboTax 2013 was made for the general public, so you do not have to do any research to use it. Just answer the questions and your paperwork will be filled out for you.

Saving Your Work
You can also save your work with Turbo Tax. Maybe you only have an hour to spare, but you want to get started. You don’t have to do it all in one sitting. With TurboTax 2013, you could work on it for a half an hour each day if that is what you wanted to do. This allows you to spread the work out so that your taxes do not seem quite so daunting. You can fit the work into your busy schedule.

Importing Old Data
If you have used a different version of Turbo Tax before, and you kept your return, you may be able to import the data from that return. This can save you quite a bit of time. If your personal information is the same, just import it into TurboTax 2013 in seconds to get started.

The Industry Leader
As you can see, Turbo Tax gives you a new way to do your taxes that you will love. If you have struggled with other software programs or if you have been afraid to try them, give TurboTax 2013 a shot this year, and you will see why it is the industry leader.

Consumer Reports Releases Tax Tips

2013 Tax Tips

Consumer Reports is a trusted source in products and services.  They recently released their tips for 2013 taxes, which are about online and computer tax services.  These tips help consumers not get caught up into any questionable tax services and help them save money when filing their 2013 taxes.  Consumer Reports offers the following tips for 2013 taxes:

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• Check what the online service has available.  Simple forms like the 1040, 1040EZ, and Schedule A for itemized deductions are provided by most online tax services.  However, if you need a more specific form, schedule, or topic, certain online tax providers may not have it available.  Some tax services do not help consumers who have farm income, adoption expenses, foreign income and various other uncommon tax issues.

• Make sure the service supports your state taxes.  Paying for a tax service that will be unable to file your state taxes is not worth your time or money.  Check for this before paying for a service.

• Research the tax company prior to using their service.  Use a search engine like Google or Bing to see what other consumers are saying.  You can also check other sites like the Ripoff Report or Pissed Consumer.

• Check prices.  Compare the prices of different services.  Many online tax services charge more than just a flat rate fee.  Some charge for paper copies of your taxes or to file an extension.  Others charge more as the tax deadline draws closer.

• If possible, stay away from additional advertisements in the form of pop-ups.  Many online tax preparation services will bombard you with pop-ups trying to convince you to upgrade your service at a cost.  You can avoid these solicitations by using the IRS Free File service.  This program is designed for those with an adjusted gross income of $57,000 or less.  To find out more information on the program, visit the IRS website.

Using these tips provided by Consumer Reports will help you choose the right tax service for your situation.  They will also help you to save money when preparing your taxes and decrease the chances you will pay for something you do not need.  In addition, they can help you avoid potentially shady tax services.