The Tax Preparation Wars Have Begun

TurboTax Continues on With Its Own SuperBowl Ad

Intuit is the maker of Turbo Tax, a leading tax-preparation software. During the Superbowl, they aired their advertisement with no mention of the recent squabbles with furious customers over their software.

Rather than address the problem, Intuit chose to simply state the benefits of their program, which was being able to file both state and federal taxes for FREE. Their ad displayed a Boston Tea Party reenactment with a small twist to it. While angry American Patriots were swarming a British Ship, tossing large boxes of tea overboard, the British Redcoats were able to stop them by offering them FREE tax filing.

The patriots end up accepting their offer, and then the ad transitions to George Washington, who is reversing his famous Delaware crossing. The voice-over makes this statement – “Alright, maybe this is not the way it actually went down, however, you can still file your taxes on Turbo Tax for FREE !”

Turbo Tax lets it be known that 60 million Americans will be able to file their returns for Taxes 2014, both state and federal, for FREE. Their website states that this offer applies to those who use forms 1040A or 1040EZ. It says there is no charge for filing a state return or the forms used for filing the Earned Income Tax Credit (this benefits the working poor).

Their website also has a list of its competitors charges for the exact same services, like on TaxAct or H&R Block. Their entire campaign ignores the cries of the outraged customers over the Turbo Tax Deluxe package for personal computers. Lots of people were surprised to see that the Turbo Tax Deluxe software for 2014 taxes, did not allow the electronic filing of Schedule Cs for business, Schedule Ds fo both capital gains & losses, and Schedule Es and Fs for rental properties or farms.

What the customers had to do for these privileges was to ‘upgrade’ to a paid version of the software. The cost was $30 over and above what the Deluxe version costs. There were some disgruntled users who already bought software from some of Turbo Taxes competitors (H&R Block and TaxAct), so H&R Block came out with a free version of their Deluxe product to those who had already purchased a Turbo Tax version. It seemed the war was on. All these people had to do was show proof of their purchase and switch over to the other side. Let the games begin!

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Consider Investing In H&R Block – Soon!

In the past, many people have filed their taxes for free with H&R Block. January through April is H&R Block’s make-or-break season due to tax filings. The company brings in enough revenue in the early spring to cover any losses over the rest of the year. 2014 stands out as a year of smart, positive changes at H&R Block.

H&R Block

This year, the company has decided to downsize its unprofitable retail operations and cut down on free tax form preparation. As a result of these changes, there was a slight drop in tax returns prepared in H&R Block offices this tax season. Industry analysts polled by FactSet predict earnings per share of $3.26, quite an increase from $2.42 a year ago. This increase can be attributed to the aforementioned strategic changes at the company.

There are other changes happening within H&R Block in 2014. In April, the company signed a deal to sell its bank. This deal has been in the works for quite some time, and the stock market rejoiced upon the news. This is not to say that the bank is a drag on earnings. Selling the bank frees management from the burden of regulatory oversight on banks, and it gives people the option to buy back even more shares.

Another recent development at H&R Block is their plan to increase revenue as a result of the Affordable Care Act. As the law is implemented, health insurance and taxes are becoming more and more intertwined. Difficulties with connecting consumers to insurers presents an opening for H&R Block to expand its business model beyond tax preparation and financial services.

Despite the good news on the bank sale and health insurance opportunity, the company’s stock is still priced to sell. Get it below cost, before the stock price catches up to these recent improvements.

E-Filing Your Taxes With TurboTax

E-Filing Your Taxes With TurboTax 2013

We are in the midst of the 2013 tax filing season. Every year since 1993; Americans have increasingly used e-filing software to file their tax returns. TurboTax 2013 has perfected the process of contemporary electronic tax filing.

Since the IRS introduced electronic filing in 1990, they have securely processed over 1 billion individually prepared electronic tax returns. The IRS touts e filing for the following benefits —

• The Tax Returns are More Accurate and Complete – TurboTax 2013 does all the math calculating and even compares data from previous year’s filings for consistency. TurboTax is able to determine state taxes where that information is required on a Federal return, you do not need a separate resource for that. You do not have to be an experienced tax filer to use TurboTax2013.
• Secure and Confirmed Delivery of Your Return — TurboTax utilizes state of the art encryption technology for the secure web transport of your tax return. You will receive an email within 48hrs from the IRS confirming receipt of your return.
• Refunds are Processed and Delivered More Quickly — E filed returns that indicate refunds are processed more quickly than paper filed tax returns. TurboTax2013 works seamlessly with your bank and the IRS for faster direct depositing of your refund.
• Ease of Use — There is no simpler, easy to navigate and use tax software than TurboTax2013. TurboTax is intuitive and self-correcting. TurboTax will prepare your Federal and state returns simultaneously, alleviating the need to input the same data on two forms. TurboTax software is written with knowledge of all the divergent state laws and procedures for filing and makes those transparent for the user.
• Peace of Mind — In addition to the 48-hour receipt confirmation by email from the IRS, you will have peace of mind that your e filed return is accurate.

E-File Dates

E-files dates for 2013 start with the opening date of January 30. The IRS will begin accepting e filed returns after incorporating all the tax policy and law changes that took effect January 2nd. Some e-file dates are later due to late legislation that requires more extensive system testing and programming. Nevertheless, the IRS is prepared to start accepting electronic returns by January 30th, and will process the biggest volume of e filings by late February-early March. That group includes those who will be claiming energy credits, property credits and other business related tax incentives.

The IRS says that the best option is to file electronically. TurboTax 2013 is the safest, quickest and easiest to use software for e filing. You will be assured to meet the e-file dates and have access to TurboTax’s outstanding customer service and support should you encounter an issue with your return that requires expert assistance. TurboTax is the best selling, most trusted e filing software for a reason, the reason is trust; TurboTax gives its users the assurance of an accurate, securely prepared and delivered tax return.

Turbo Tax Free Edition Takes The Hassle Out Of Filing Your Taxes

With tax season approaching rapidly, many people have begun thinking about using software programs like TurboTax to help them prepare their taxes.  With the April 17 deadline rapidly approaching, now is the time to begin planning how you want to file your taxes this year.

TurboTax is one of the most popular programs in the country, and this year’s free edition is a great way to find out whether the software is right for you.  TurboTax software walks you through each step of the filing process, turning tricky tax topics into easy to understand questions that you can complete in just a few hours.

One of the major concerns that many people have when buying tax software is the cost of the program.  That’s one of the reasons that the free edition has become so popular.  The program helps you complete a basic federal tax return, although you will still need to file a state return.

If you need to complete a more complicated return that what the free edition can handle, there are a number of different products that can help.  Different versions are created for small business owners, those with significant investments, and people who have more complicated tax situations.

Whether you plan to take advantage of the free edition or you have used TurboTax before, this year’s program offers a number of features that make filing easier than ever before.  Don’t forget that TurboTax can import information from programs like Quicken or Microsoft Money to make filing even faster.  TurboTax can make the process of filing just a little less stressful.