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Why TurboTax 2014 Is So Simple

When you enter you username and password for the TurboTax login, you are going to have the chance to get your taxes done in a record amount time. Studies have shown that the time to prepare your taxes is greatly reduced when using online tax software like TurboTax. You want to have a tax assistant that is going to allow you to finish your taxes without feeling as though you are going to run out of time even if April 15th is approaching. The tax programs of today make your life much easier. And remember that you can use Intuit’s TurboTax program to do any kind of tax return that is needed, from the simple return to the most complicated.

The Simple Return

When you are doing a simple return (like a 1040EZ) on the program, you are going to be able to get it done quickly because you may only have one W-2. More than likely you will also not have to pay to file your Federal tax return. You can enter your information easily, and you will be able to submit your documents without problems. Also, you will be able to enter all your information for getting your refund back, select the best form of payment for you. This is going to get the money back to you quickly, and you will be able to get the process done in a matter of days if not hours.

Complicated Returns

When you are doing more complicated returns, TurboTax is going to ask you for all the information that must be entered to get these returns done. You will probably need to purchase a little bit more expense package, like TurboTax Deluxe. The program is going to ask for all supporting documentation so that you can take all deductions, and you will be asked to enter all the deductions that you can take. This is going to simplify the process, and you can log into TurboTax  any time in the future to keep working on your taxes if filing takes more than one session. The program saves all your progress, and the program will remind you how much longer you have to get your taxes done.

Extensions

You can also use the program to file a tax extension when you know that you need more time. You can file the extension (form 1040X) through the program, and the program will get a response when the IRS receives your request. You will be told how much longer you have to get your taxes done, and you will not have to worry about missing your deadline. An extra 6 months can make a big difference in the accuracy of your return and reducing your chance of getting audited. Make sure to pay any estimated tax due before the original deadline for the tax season.

Printing Your Records

When you are done with your taxes, you will need to print your paperwork for your own records. You can also save a PDF version on a drive that you backup. The paperwork that you keep is going to be proof that you filed your taxes, and you will be able to file your taxes much more easily in the future when you have your old return. Future TurboTax versions will seek out and import prior returns on your hard-drive, saving you time in entering the basic personal and work details.

If you are going to use an online program to file your taxes, you must remember that this program is going to do most of the work for you. It makes your life easier, and it is going to make it easier for you to get them done as fast as possible. Accuracy and speed make for a great tax filing experience.

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Your 2014 Taxes ˗ What You Need To Know

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has earmarked January 20 as the start of the tax filing period.

Yesterday, the IRS stated that US taxpayers can begin filing their taxes for 2014 January 20th. The tax filing period will begin on schedule unlike last year when there were delays, in spite of a late tax rule introduced by Congress and approved by President Obama, according to the taxing agency.

Previously this month, a bill was passed by Congress that extended over fifty tax breaks, which had expired this time last year. This new congressional tax rule prolongs the tax breaks to the end of the year, permitting taxpayers to take the tax breaks while filing their tax returns for 2014. President Barack Obama approved the bill on December 19.

During the past couple of years, late rule changes introduced by Congress have held up the start of tax filing periods. That will not be the case on this occasion though, said John Koskinen — the current IRS Commissioner.

In an interview, Koskinen stated that the IRS had examined the late changes to the tax laws, and decided that nothing should prevent them from carrying on upgrading and testing their systems.

On a yearly basis, TurboTax free tax returns are filed by millions of people throughout the initial weeks of the tax period. The IRS will be ready to receive this huge influx of tax returns at the start. Taxpayers should be able to obtain their tax refunds quickly after the start of the tax season.

Recently, the IRS stated that it managed to take action on the majority of tax refunds in three weeks. This applies to tax returns that were electronically filed. The IRS states that electronic filing is the quickest method of acquiring a tax refund and recommends it.

Lately, Koskinen informed journalists that tax refunds may be held up, due to agency budget cuts made after the IRS TeaParty targeting scandal. Nonetheless, he would not say how long they would be held up. Many consider this to be the agency hoping for an increase in funding by claiming the tax season will be slow due to a lack of resources.

The Internal Revenue Service will process roughly 150 million tax returns this tax season. For the 2014 reporting period, tax refunds averaged approximately $2800.

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Comparison between the Cost of TurboTax 2014 and other Online Tax Services

It is finally the right period of the year for tax filing, and therefore time for individuals to decide how they want their taxes filed. A person who prefers to prepare their tax return rather than use an accountant or a tax preparation chain like H&R have most likely come across TurboTax 2014. This is among the most desirable online tax services so definitely many users will be using TurboTax2014 software. But how does its prices compare to those of other online tax services?

TurboTax 2014
Whether a customer wants to file a 1040EZ or is interested in something more complex or to file for their little businesses, TurboTax 2014 has a solution. It offers free federal tax preparation for simple returns and three other additional packages. Those other packages are the deluxe, premier and home and business at $29.99, $49.99 and $74.99 respectively. In addition to this, their customers also get free online and phone chat.

As much as TurboTax 2014 and 2013 Taxes deluxe version costs slightly more than twice compared to similar services by their competitors, they offer a refund bonus for customers to make up for the extra cost. They offer the customers an option to get all or part of their refund back on an amazon gift card.

TaxACT
TaxACT undercuts TurboTax by at least half in terms of the software prices. A person using TaxACT will not pay nearly as much as one using TurboTax if they have to file an additional state. TurboTax costs $36.99 per state while for TaxACT only $5 is paid for an extra state is added. Although TurboTax is better if an individual is expecting the amazon gift card bonus and also if they want a large return, if the deductions are calculated in the beginning of the year so that they have to pay a little then TaxACT will certainly save them a significant amount of money. It also has applications on Google play store and apple app store that help check the status of the returns.

TaxSlayer
TaxSlayer is much cheaper than TurboTax and offers two paid services namely the classic edition and the premium edition at $12.95 and $32.95 respectively. With the most expensive choice, a customer is able to receive live tax advice but all the other services inclusive of the free edition offer free phone support. As much as TaxSlayer is cheaper than the TurboTax service, it is slightly more expensive than TaxACT at $14.95. It does not have a policy that gives back additional money.

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A Free Edition Of TurboTax

Over nine hundred million dollars in tax refund money went unclaimed in one year. The Internal Revenue Service reported this notable statistic, and you may wonder how this could happen. There are two main circumstances that lead to unclaimed tax refunds.

You may end up creating an unclaimed tax refund situation if you have taxes withheld from your pay but earn less than needed for filing a refund. You will end up adding to the unclaimed refund pool if you choose not to file a tax refund. You should verify whether you qualify for an Earned Income Tax Credit, and the www.turbotax.com free edition can help you determine your eligibility.

The second reason for most cases of unclaimed tax refunds involves mailing errors. You may not receive tax filing confirmation if you have moved, changed your name, gotten divorced, or been effected by errors that originated with your post office or postal carrier.

There is no monetary penalty to pay if you do decide to claim your tax refund, but there is a time limit on how long you can wait prior to filing your tax return. You have a time limit of three years from when your tax refund was originally due, so you would have to request your 2011 tax refund by April 15th, 2014.

You can avoid an unclaimed refund scenario by filing your return on time. Filing as early as possible may be helpful as well.

Direct deposit is an ideal way to avoid an unclaimed refund scenario. Electronic deposits eliminate the potential for postal delivery errors, and you may get your refund if you choose direct deposit.

Filing your income tax return is an important financial activity. TurboTax has helped millions of people file their taxes, and you can learn about tax refunds by visiting www.turbotax.com.

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Top Five Reasons To Adjust Your Withholding In 2013

Adjust Your Withholding

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Your withholding is the amount of money you have taken out of each paycheck to apply toward income taxes.  When your taxes are filed at the end of the year, any amount that the Internal Revenue Service withheld is credited toward your tax bill.  I, like many others, am unable to afford my own certified public accountant, and just hope that  the amount withdrawn from my income will match up to the total taxes I owe.  Usually that isn’t the case, but luckily, up until this point, I’ve only overpaid and earned a refund back from the IRS.  Those who underpay end up getting a stiff bill, and may end up having to pay penalties as well.

According to the IRS, the average individual tax refund in 2012 was $2700.  That calculates out to an average individual overpayment to the IRS of $225 per month.  I have learned through a friend who uses a CPA from Burkett, that though some of us are accustomed to settling up during tax season, it is usually more beneficial for a taxpayer to calculate a withholding amount accurately in the beginning of the year.  If you got a refund this tax season, you were, essentially, giving the government an interest-free loan.  They wouldn’t do you a favor like that! This money may serve you better throughout the year paying down debt or accruing interest in a savings account.  On the flipside, if you calculated your withholding amount improperly and you had to pay money out of pocket to the IRS during tax season, you may have suffered financially for it.

If you are having trouble determining how to make your withholding amount more accurate, or if you are receiving payment from anything other than a standard paycheck (such as distributions eligible to be rolled over into a qualified retirement or annuity plan) you may want to discuss your situation with a qualified CPA.  Though it can be expensive, in some cases it can also be worth it.  Certified public accountants with tax experience can make sure that you’re doing the right things to put yourself in the best position when tax season rolls around, whether that’s adjusting your withholding, or something else altogether.  Sometimes being self-employed, owning your own business, or are dealing with corporate taxes can make things get a little bit muddy, and it can be helpful to address them with a qualified business CPA.  I am a strong believer in the “better to be safe than sorry” approach.

Your withholding amount may have come reasonably close to the amount that you owed for the year, and if that’s the case, you probably don’t need to take any action now.  However, there are a few major life events that can drastically affect the taxes you’ll owe for the year.  If they occur, you will need to remember to file a new W-4 form with your employer to reflect them.  Here are the top five events that may mean you need to fine-tune your withholding:

–          When you get married or divorced.  Married couples are usually eligible for a lower tax rate and certain deductions.  A divorce can mean higher taxes for the earning spouse, and if you do not have enough withheld on your paycheck, you could face penalties and interest. This is one of those situations that can get a little hairy, so definitely consider a tax advisor or CPA if you’re struggling.

–          When you have a child.  Children can be claimed as dependents, and you may also be eligible for certain tax credits.

–          When you can no longer claim a dependent.  If one or more of your children is no longer eligible to be claimed as a dependent, you will lose an exemption and a tax credit.

–          When your employment status changes.  If you get a new job, a second job, become self-employed or become unemployed, the exemptions you want to claim may change.  Depending on how drastic of a change you’re facing, it may be best to consult with a CPA.

–          You purchase a home.  If your mortgage interest and property-tax payments are higher, you may need to increase your allowances.

Whether you’re aiming to increase your withholding or reduce it, submitting a new W-4 to your employer will initiate a change that you should be able to see in your paycheck within a month.  I submitted mine and saw the change on my very next paycheck!  Of course, I am no professional, just a blogger sharing my experience, so if you do have any questions about how you should adjust your withholding amounts, definitely contact a trusted tax advisor or CPA.

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Majority Of Americans Against Cheating On 2013 Taxes

Majority Of Americans Against Cheating On 2013 Taxes

Each year as tax time rolls around we are forced to take a hard look at our financial records and situations.  Some of us are happy at this time of year as we know we will be receiving a refund from the Internal Revenue Service.  Others are not as happy as they know they will owe the IRS money.  With the IRS only auditing a mere one percent of all individual tax returns each year, it can be tempting to cheat on your taxes in an effort to not owe as much money to the federal government or to receive more money back.

Cheating On 2013 Taxes

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If your own ethics and morals do not stop you from cheating on your tax return, perhaps a little peer pressure will.  A recent random telephone poll conducted by the IRS Oversight board shows that 87 percent of American adults feel that is it never okay to cheat on your taxes.  Most respondents felt that personal integrity was their number one reason for being honest and not cheating on their taxes.  Only 11 percent of respondents felt it was okay to cheat a little bit or sometimes on 2013 taxes.  As the same tax laws apply to all Americans, most Americans feel we all need to play by the rules.

Even if you intentionally choose not to cheat on your 2013 taxes, sometimes errors and omissions do occur.  Sometimes the unintentional errors and omissions benefit you, and sometimes they benefit the IRS.  Using a tax program, such as TurboTax, on your 2013 taxes can maximize the accuracy of your tax return.  Computer tax programs that you can use in the convenience of your own home and on your own time schedule are less expensive and more convenient than hiring an accountant to do your taxes.  Computer tax programs like TurboTax walk you through everything you need to know and consider when doing your 2013 taxes.  Using TurboTax can potentially even help increase the amount of your tax refund.  Increasing the accuracy of your tax return can also reduce the chances that you will be audited.

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