Tax Season Dates And Tips

The new tax season is approaching quickly, and now is the time to get helpful information about state and federal tax filing.

The recent government shutdown prompted the Internal Revenue Service to delay federal income tax processing until the end of January 2013. Income tax agents may complete your return prior to January 31st, but they will have to hold onto it until the 31st.

Federal refunds should still be received within three weeks if filed electronically and within eight weeks for paper returns. TurboTax 2014 may be a great resource to help you get ready no matter how you end up filing your 2013 or 2014 taxes.

State tax processing is scheduled to begin on January 22nd and 23rd, with a processing window of four to twelve days. Electronic processing may occur within four days, and paper returns may be processed within eight to twelve days. You still have the option of receiving a physical check or a direct deposit, but the electronic filing and direct deposit options may speed up the entire process for you. You may be anxious to file your taxes, but a good review with TurboTax 2014 may result in more savings than you ever imagined.

How To Survive The Holidays

How To Survive The Holidays

The holiday season can be fun yet challenging. Everyone wants to share in showing appreciation and love for those they love. You could also spend a fortune in time and money if you are not careful. Here are some tips on how to avoid the catastrophe that will crush the most courageous at heart when it comes to surviving the holidays.

Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu.
Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BUDGET, BUDGET, BUDGET!
Plan a budget for your holiday shopping and stick to it! There are coupons and more coupons that can help you stick to your budget. One trick that works for me is that I go into the store with a list of five things and purchase just those five things and come directly out of the store. This way, I am not overwhelmed with trying to buy everything on my list and I can better gauge what is being spent.

GO TO STORES AS SOON AS THEY OPEN
Going shopping first thing in the morning is a good thing because it will force you to shop with purchase and not casually shop. When you go shopping without a specific purpose for purchases you are more likely to buy things that are more expensive and not what you planned to buy.

RELAX AND ENJOY!
Just because you are shopping with a goal doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself. After all, one of the joys of the holiday season is that you can relax and take in everything around you. So, go shopping and buy a couple of gifts and then go have a deliciously decadent lunch. The resume your shopping after you have enjoyed your lunch.

KNOW WHEN TO QUIT!
Don’t try to complete your list in one shopping trip. When you are tired you will make rash shopping decisions. Take your time and when you start to feel tired take a break.

Most of all, remember how blessed you are. Now there’s the things you can get for free to help with your budgetary goal. One of them is free Turbo Tax. Filing free Turbo Tax early as well as filing for free can help relieve some of the stress of spending.

Tax Tips By Consumer Reports On Lowering Your Expenses

Tax Tips By Consumer Reports

Filing of federal income tax returns by businesses and employers can be somewhat difficult. Many people end up paying higher taxes than necessary because of a lack of proper knowledge on how to reduce their taxes during the preparation of the returns. Consumer reports have created a list of tips on how to reduce your personal tax burden. It is critical for businesses to report their tax numbers on a quarterly basis as many have found out after starting a small shop. This helps you to avoid fines when reporting your complete tax returns at year-end.

Taking advantage of tax credits offered by the IRS standards. It is good to know that businesses can be take a specified tax credit limits. Therefore, a business can enjoy this provision, which relieves the business off the burden. This enables you to plan for your future tax returns.

If you are unable to use your credits, you are allowed to carry forward or back. This means that you still have a room for easing your tax problems.

Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Taking health plans for your employees

Employers and businesses are allowed to access tax deductions as provided by the tax laws. Health plans provided by the employer is subject to deductions, and so it is essential to offer them the best health plans that they qualify for. If you are not an employer, it is good to know that your own contributions, contributions of your spouse and dependants. The understanding behind this tip is that you are allowed to have 100% deductions.

Take charge of your depreciation

According to consumer reports, 2013 taxes laws laws allow businesses to take advantage of the tax deductions on the property and equipment. The provisions allow businesses to enjoy deductions instead of expenses. This means that instead of retaining old assets that result in depreciation as an expense, businesses can purchase new assets to enjoy these benefits.

IRS Fresh Start Program

IRS Fresh Start Program

There is a new system called the IRS Fresh Start Program which aims to make it easier for people to pay back taxes and avoid a lien coming against them. There are three major parts to the IRS program. Tax liens, installment agreements and offers of compromise are the three features of the program.

The program increases the amount a person can owe before the IRS will file a notice of federal tax lien. Even though the IRS can file before the 10,000 limit this does increase it for the average person.

The IRS has also agreed to more installment options. One can file for an installment plan right over the internet. This could increase monthly payments for up to six years. If the agreement needs to be extended for longer than six years, financial hardship would have to be shown to the IRS.

Offers in Compromise are another agreement for taxpayers to be able to pay off debt but at a lesser amount. The IRS is now more flexible in its way to look at the taxpayers ability to pay. Generally the IRS will accept an offer if they feel it is a fair amount for a reasonable amount of time offered.

This new program will hopefully help taxpayers starting with the 2012 taxes. With compromise from both the IRS and the taxpayer all parties can be satisfied. The taxpayers will also feel less likely that they are being targeted and forced to pay amounts that they can never reach.

Filing Free Taxes Online: What You Need To Know

Filing Free 2012 Taxes Online: What You Need To Know

Are you interested in filing free 2012 taxes online? If so, you should know that TurboTax 2013 is the very best way to do it. This program makes it easier than ever to figure out your taxes so that you will not have to pay to go to an expensive CPA. Do you want to take home more of your return this year? Do not give it to someone to do work that you can do from your home computer. TurboTax comes with a number of features that are designed to make things simple for anyone, even if you do not have tax experience or education.

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English: Logo of the Owner-Free Filing System / OFFSystem / OFF. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First of all, when you begin filing free 2012 taxes online, you get the option to save your work at any point. As you probably know from trying to sort through your taxes in the past, this whole process can take hours. Maybe you just want to use TurboTax 2013 for an hour a night, taking two or three days to get done. If you do not have a lot of free time between going to work and spending time with your family, you can just put in the time that you have and then save your work to pick it up later. You can cater the filing process to your schedule.

Next, you should know that filing free 2012 taxes online means that you do not have to print anything out, buy postage, and mail it to the IRS. You can use TurboTax 2013 to file electronically, which takes just seconds. This eliminates the risk of your paperwork getting lost in the mail and means that you could see your return much sooner than you would with the traditional process.

Finally, filing free 2012 taxes online means that you get to use powerful software that walks you through the process. Everything is phrased as a question, making it easy to understand. If you are still confused, TurboTax 2013 comes with an entire help section for clarification. No longer will taxes be the confusing mess that the paper forms have been in the past.

Intuit Expected To Announce Lackluster Quarterly Earnings

Intuit Expected To Announce Lackluster Quarterly Earnings

Intuit is preparing to announce its quarterly earnings on May 21. Recently, the company softened its earnings outlook in a note to shareholders. Investors won’t treat the company very well when it announces lackluster earnings. That doesn’t mean Intuit has lost its value for investors, though. These days, the parent company of TurboTax still has room to grow. It’s already planning changes in the coming years, too. Like my favorite local company, Hollier’s Flooring America in Lafayette, Intuit is able to adapt and offer great products every year. And this last year was no different.

The headquarters of Intuit Inc. in Mountain Vi...
The headquarters of Intuit Inc. in Mountain View, California (Silicon Valley). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Intuit earnings for the previous quarter are likely to take a slight dip. A lower volume of processed tax returns was cited as the cause for the impending dip in revenue. Of course, tax preparation is a huge industry with tons of competition. TurboTax isn’t the only company that offers free and paid returns either. By expanding beyond this industry, Intuit earnings and growth can continue.

Luckily, Intuit is already pushing projects outside of TurboTax. The company wants to appeal to businesses on top of consumers in order to boost Intuit earnings. Payroll services and mobile banking applications are prime targets for Intuit. By moving into these segments, revenue can be boosted with a new segment of customers. Success isn’t guaranteed with this bold moves, though.

Intuit’s quarterly earnings might falter, but the company shouldn’t be counted out yet. Sure, most of its revenue is generated by TurboTax, but the company holds enough resources to branch out elsewhere. Investors should stick with the company while it transitions to other projects. TurboTax will always be its main source of income. In the end, other projects can rake in the money, too.