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.

Turbo Tax Mobile Apps

Mobile apps are current big news in the world of tax preparation. From providing tax information to allowing users to e-file, these apps are on the rise.

Unlike many competitors, TurboTax is one app that allows users to e-file a 1040EZ with their iPhone or Android device.  Data from around 400,000 financial institutions and employers, W-2 Express, various 1099 and 1098 forms, charitable-deduction records from ItsDeductible, accounting records from popular software like Quicken and QuickBooks, along with any data saved in a .cfx or .txf format are able to be entered. Bob Meighan, vice president of consumer advocacy at TurboTax, said that the goal is to allow taxpayers to use as few of keystrokes as possible to complete and file their tax returns.

In order to keep your information safe, incomplete return files are purged. Completed returns are accessible, which provides a benefit if you use the same app to file in following years.

Consumer Questions
TurboTax has enrolled agents and CPAs on hand to answer any tax questions that you might have.  This unlimited “Ask a Tax Expert” service is available via chat and telephone. You must log into your tax-return file to get an answer, but the answer will be available for you. TurboTax also has an impressive Live Community database, which has answers to thousands of tax questions.

Audit Support
If you find yourself in need of tax audit support, TurboTax has a solution for you as well. For $39.95, you’ll be walked through the steps you need to take to prepare for an audit.

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.

Avoiding And Reporting Tax Scams

How to Avoid the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams

In the past few years, the IRS has seen a considerable rise in identity theft and refund fraud, as scammers attempt to get your personal information in a fraudulent email, where they claim to be someone from the IRS or the makers of TurboTax Software. In the email, they claim that they need a greater amount of personal information, which according to the Better Business Bureau is a red flag.

People should not answer these sorts of emails, call any phone numbers listed or click on any links provided in the letter. The email can lead you to a fake website that can harm your computer. Taxpayers who are involved in tax scams such as these are liable for any tax due as well as statutory interest.

Here are the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams that people should be careful to avoid:

1.    Identity theft and phishing
2.    Hidden offshore income
3.    Return preparer fraud
4.    Filing false or misleading forms
5.    Frivolous arguments
6.    False nontaxable social security benefits reports
7.    Abuse of charitable deductions
8.    Abuse of retirement plans
9.    Disguised corporate ownership
10.    Filing a false wage amount
11.    Misuse of trusts
12.    Fuel tax credit fraud

You should remember that if something sounds too good to be true it might just be a fraud. If you know of a tax scam you should report it to the IRS. You can report suspected tax fraud by filling out Form 3949-A, mailing the IRS a letter or calling 1-800-829-3676. As a whistleblower, you may be eligible for a reward.

Complete Your Taxes With Turbo Tax

When you are ready to start working on your 2011 taxes, you will find that there are many different software programs available to help.  Choosing the right one can be difficult, but picking the best software for your needs will help make this dreaded chore just a little bit easier.

One of the largest and most popular products is TurboTax, which gives users the ability to import data from different financial institutions to speed tax preparation.  The program works with data provided electronically by many employers, banks, and software programs like Quicken and QuickBooks to limit the amount of manual data entry you need to do in order to finish your taxes.

If you used TurboTax for last years filing, doing your 2011 taxes will get even easier.  TurboTax software will automatically import data from your previous year’s return to help fill in much of the information you need for your 2011 taxes.  Even if you no longer have the computer you filed on last year, TurboTax can often recover information from last year’s electronically filed and saved taxes to make filing a little easier.

Some additions to TurboTax software for 2011 taxes that make filing a little easier include bookmarks or flags which allow you to make notes in areas where you will need more information.  This can help you move through information more easily, completing things as you find the information.

The other major benefit to TurboTax is that the company gives you online access to “Tax Experts” who can help answer questions via online chat or toll free numbers to help you through any tricky areas.  Using TurboTax is one of the best ways to make your 2011 taxes a little less stressful.

How Does The IRS Choose Who To Audit?

Quick Facts About the IRS Audit

Getting a letter from the Internal Revenue Service stating you’ve been selected for audit is a taxpayer’s worst nightmare and can create a lot of anxiety.

Sometimes these notices are simple, such as you forgot to sign a document or you made a math error. The more ominous possibilities, however, will question your income, deduction claims, and more.

The IRS definition of an audit states that is simple a review of a taxpayer’s return used to verify the tax amount paid and reported is correct. If you happen to be selected for an audit, the IRS website has videos and guides to help you through the process.

In 2011 alone, nearly 1.6 million people were audited. This is slightly more than 1% of the total returns filed. Three foruths of these were completed by correspondence alone, and only one quarter required a field agent examination (in person.)

On income levels, only 1% of those with an income level of less than $200,000 were audited, while 12.5% of those who made $1 million or more were audited.

A spokesperson for the IRS, Terry Lemons, has said that the majority of taxpayers will never have to worry about an audit because their tax returns are filled out accurately.

While there is no magic equation to how the IRS selects who to audit, TurboTax can help you avoid many of the “red flags,” such as significant differences in income or deductions from those within the same demographic, in your 2012 taxes.