Tax Deductions That Aren’t Allowed By the IRS

tax deductionsGetting a tax deduction for an allowed expense on your taxes is great. Making the mistake of claiming a deduction that is not allowed by the IRS can you get into trouble and a possible audit. For example, you can deduct the expense of a dinner with clients up to 50% of the bill only. If you claim more than the 50% allowed or you do not properly record the business purpose of the meeting, the deduction could be thrown out.

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Travel is similar to entertainment were only the part of the travel that is business related can be deducted. If you take your family or your spouse with you and do things on your trip purely for pleasure, those parts of the trip cannot be deducted on your return.

Commuting costs are only allowed from one business location to another business location. The commute from your home to the office is not something you can deduct on your taxes.

Make sure your charity giving is to IRS recognized organization or the donation will not be deductible. And if you get something, like a night at the opera, in exchange for you donation, you need to subtract the fair market value of the benefit you receive from the donation that you claim.

And the  IRS has made giving to charities without a proper record not something you can deduct. You could previously deduct small amounts of cash that you gave to charities. But now it is required that you have proof of the donation to get the deduction. So write a check instead of giving cash.

Making Taxes Easier And More Accurate

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Traverse City Tax Preparation expert Frank Ellis has recently written an informative article on how to use all the features of the popular and innovative TurboTax software. In particular, he talks about how to move important information from the previous year’s income tax return to the current year’s return to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

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Also in the article, Frank Ellis discusses how to access details from an online TurboTax account or from a computer file. The idea is to get the most use possible out of the TurboTax 2015 software and to obtain the best refund from their 2014 Taxes that is legally possible from the Internal Revenue Service.

A really great advantage of the TurboTax software is that there is no need to re-enter important taxpayer information. This reduces the chance of error and allows users to file their returns more quickly. With TurboTax, the user can also transfer information from other files. Easy to use and automated features are readily accessed by anyone who uses the TurboTax 2015 software.

Frank Ellis elaborates that TurboTax assists taxpayers in obtaining the largest legitimate income tax refund possible. It enables users to import IRS tax form information from a number of excellent sources. Taxpayers do not have to scout around for documents and enter financial details; the TurboTax software takes care of this for them.

Frank Ellis also says that TurboTax softwawre is simple, secure and safe. He explains that many individuals miss important filing details and that this costs them money. TurboTax highlights tax credits and deductions and also filing deadlines for the tax season.

If someone would like to simplify tax filing even more, he could obtain a tax refund calculator to estimate how much money he is entitled to receive back from the government. With this estimate in hand, any individual can adjust his spending habits and pay check tax withholding.

The tax refund calculator is very convenient to people who want a better understanding of their possible refunds through out the entire filing process. Again, with an estimate in hand, users can plan their financial year more knowledgeably.

For additional information on the upcoming income tax season or to find out more about how to use the TurboTax software online, to to .

Need Free Tax Filing? Choose Turbo Tax Free File For Your Tax Returns

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Filing your taxes over the internet can be tedious. However, Turbo Tax Free file enables you to do your taxes absolutely free over the internet. It is equipped with tons of features that will make you go through the process easily either from your house or office. Moreover, it is ideal for businesses, professionals and even those who are self-employed. Each user can file for their simple tax returns and it avails form 1040EZ that you can fill based on your marital status and availability of dependents. Although the free version can help you, it, may not be able to handle emerging complexities in the process making it important to invest in the paid version of the software.

As much as the free online version may not offer you all the exquisite features that you need, you are guaranteed of around the clock customer support. You can reach the department through a dedicated chat platform or make a call in order to talk to an agent who will be able to serve you and resolve your problem. Moreover, there is an online community where you can post your queries and receive answers that you seek. In fact, this forum even allows you to scroll through posts by other users; you can be lucky to find someone who had the same problem as yours, with replies of course.

How to Access Turbo Tax Free
To be able to access Turbo Tax Free, you have to create an account from the Turbo Tax website. Once the account is generated, you can then sign in. The software is only one step away from you. Due to the simplicity of the application’s interface, you do not have to be computer savvy to be able to use it. Furthermore, you can browse through all the sections systematically through very easy to follow steps. Each section comprises of a few questions whose answers are the building blocks of your tax returns and contains definitions of terminologies that may be a little difficult to comprehend. One main feature of Turbo Tax Free file for your taxes is the ability to import data from various sources. This eliminates the tedious data entry work. Upon completion of all the sections, the last page will reveal to you the amount of money you are entitled to as your refund. From there, you can choose to complete the process and file your returns or save what you have prepared so that you can finish at a later time. Federal filling may be free, but you will incur some charges for the state returns.

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Day 56 – Tax Time (Photo credit: absoblogginlutely)

Other Key Features of Turbo Tax Free
Whenever you have a refund, Turbo Tax Free enables you to choose a bank product. For example, if you have a state tax return of $500, you can choose a bank product that suits you. This way, the process is transparent. Nevertheless, it is critical to understand that any bank product will have processing and handling charges from the bank. Therefore, deductions will be made for the bank charges and the application process. You can decide to collect the remaining amount through check, direct deposit or a prepaid Visa card.

Turbo Tax Free offers you precise calculations and smart scans for error detection. Furthermore, you are assured of compensation in case of any errors. Lastly, your transaction is always safe with Turbo Tax Free file for your taxes.

The Beginning Of A New Trend In Advertising

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The Beginning Of A New Trend In Advertising

Wieden & Kennedy is largely known for some of the most creative and bold works in recent times in advertising campaigns for brands like Nike and Coca Cola as well as Proctor and Gamble. Recently, in a move that was totally unforeseen, the company was chosen to handle purchasing of media for Turbo Tax a company owned by Intuit.

As announced by a spokesperson, the tax software specialist W&K is now in charge of all media buying for TurboTax a job that was initially handled by the Initiative. This is going to be a joint affair. The company’s New York office will manage purchasing, while the Portland HQ will manage the media planning aspect of this massive account. The Initiative has been unavailable for comment.

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What makes this move so significant is that by and large media buying is a job that is handled by large, specialized organizations whose work includes being able to give their clients much better insights and rates considering the scale that they work on. However, with this particular move, it could be the beginning of times when scale is trumped by integration, especially with a client like TurboTax a Super Bowl advertiser. This may herald the beginning of a trend that is long talked about in the advertising world– the integration of marketing communications in terms of media and creativity.

This move by Turbo Tax was decided after an internal review process with undisclosed participants. The media and the creative reviews were done separately, but the results are what led to the move to consolidate it all.

Can You Still File Taxes With Turbo Tax for last year?

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Can You Still File 2009 Taxes With Turbo Tax 2009?

Turbo Tax 2009 was released in late 2009 as a way for people to prepare and file their taxes themselves from a computer. The software guided users through the process and helped them to get the biggest tax refund possible. Turbo Tax is updated every year to stay current with tax laws, so to file your taxes you must use the version of the software from that tax year.

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For 2009 taxes, this means you will need to use Turbo Tax 2009. You will not be able to e-file your taxes from 2009, but the software will let you print everything out you need so you can mail it in to the IRS. However, the IRS implements a time limit of three years on requesting tax refunds from any given year. Therefore, tax returns that were due on April 15 of 2009 had to be filed by April 15 of 2013 in order to receive the refund. If you had an extension on your taxes in 2009, which shifted the deadline to October, the latest date to file your return and receive a refund is in October of 2013.

This means that while it is still possible to file 2009 taxes with Turbo Tax 2009, the time period in which most people could actually receive a refund has passed. After the three-year period is gone, there is no way to get back any money you overpaid in taxes. In addition, you can no longer use that year’s refund to help pay taxes owed in another year.

TurboTax Survives Twitter Panic

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TurboTax Survives Twitter Panic

The 2013 tax season was fraught with unprecedented problems caused by government budget fights and IRS delays in updating forms.  In addition, some major tax preparation firms, most notably H&R Block, caused problems for taxpayers claiming education credits by not properly updating their own software, delaying some clients’ returns by weeks.  TurboTax managed to escape most of the tax season controversy until the evening before the filing deadline.  On that night, they had their own crisis which was exacerbated by Twitter.

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English: Sketch for Twitter. See also the author’s description on Flickr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TurboTax admits that on Sunday, April 14th, some of their online users were not able to access their accounts, causing a panic among those who had waited until the last possible moments to file.  The outage was caused by a glitch in the company’s software and the extremely high volume on the web site. According to TurboTax officials, the site was never entirely down, though the outraged tweets on Twitter painted a different picture.

Although the problem only lasted about one hour, from 6:40 pm until 7:50 pm PT, last minute filers panicked and tweeted frantic questions and complaints to TurboTax‘s Twitter account.  TurboTax was aware of the problem before the tweets hit, but users had their doubts, and so kept reminding the tax company of the problem.  All was quickly fixed; however, leading many to blame procrastinators instead of the company for the problem.

Twitter users may not have passed on any useful information this time, but the pressure they exerted probably didn’t hurt anything. In the future, TurboTax will surely be more prepared for traffic surges on their site.