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.

Finding The Right Online Tax Prep

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Finding The Right Online Tax Prep

During tax time there are all sorts of advertisements for at home tax prep. These sites offer many different features and each claim to be the best one. This is why it is important to understand this battle as well as what it can mean to you when filing your taxes.

One of the biggest sites out there is free Turbo Tax 2013. Many people like this because it allows them to file for free on their federal tax forms. A newer site that you can do this with is TaxSlayer. Tax Act is among these as well. The nice thing about these different options is that they are all free and allow you to quickly get your information in so you can receive your refund.

IRS 1040 Tax Form Being Filled Out
IRS 1040 Tax Form Being Filled Out (Photo credit: kenteegardin)

The thing many people wonder is which they should go with. The truth is that it is simply a matter of preference. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when looking at the site you will go with. One is whether they offer free support, as not all do. Will they charge for additional forms, which is especially important if you have your own business. You also want to find out if there are any charges to have the money direct deposited into your account.

You will need to think about what your needs are for your taxes. If you have no clue what you are doing, then it may be beneficial to pay for a service that offers online chat with tax professionals, such as H&R Block at Home. If you know what you are doing or are doing a simple 1040EZ, then chances are you do not have to worry about this.

In the end, you need to go with the site you feel most comfortable with. Each site has benefits and drawbacks. This is the nice thing about these sites is that you can find one that will meet your needs. Just make sure you take the time to see what each has to offer before you get started as having to imput all your information again can take a long time and will be frustrating.

Easy Online Tax Filing With Free Turbo Tax Software

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Free Turbo Tax 2013 Software

Having expert tax assistance can be the best way to avoid financial penalties, complete your filing on time, and maximize your refund. Timely and beneficial filing may be the goal of any taxpayer, but preparing your taxes on your own may seem like more than you can handle. Going to an accounting office may seem like the best way to get professional guidance at tax time, but new options for online tax filing can make completing your taxes online a great option even if you are new to the online tax filing experience. Free Turbo Tax 2013 software puts the latest tax information right at your fingertips, and estimating your tax refund may be easier and more convenient to complete than you ever imagined.

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English: iphone Deutsch: iphone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Turbo Tax software is designed for easy and straightforward use, and this is what makes online tax filing successful for so many taxpayers each year. Selecting the most appropriate Turbo Tax edition may be your biggest challenge as you consider filing your taxes online for the first time, but the Turbo Tax Taxcaster may help you review your online tax filing software options quickly and objectively. The Taxcaster was designed by tax professionals, and this product is characteristic of the helpful software associated with Turbo Tax. You can download the free Taxcaster in several ways, and the app will allow you to download this helpful tool onto your smartphone, iPad, iPhone, or tablet.

The Taxcaster will calculate your refund once you answer a few questions about your deductions and income, and you will be able to see your estimated refund within minutes. Knowing this kind of information before you file your taxes allows you to make adjustments as needed. You may reduce your tax obligation by adjusting your withholdings and increasing your net income, and this is how many taxpayers end up paying less at tax time. The Taxcaster information lets you take advantage of filing as soon as possible if you will be getting a refund or filing closer to the end of the tax season if you will owe money.

You will need to select an online tax filing edition to prepare and file your tax return, but the Taxcaster software will help you make the most informed decision when it comes to filing your taxes online. The Taxcaster will recommend which Turbo Tax software will be right for your filing situation, and this is what may make your online tax filing experience as beneficial as possible. Downloading the Taxcaster may be your first step towards easy and understandable online tax preparation and filing.

Tax Carnival Ecstasy – March 9, 2013

Bill Romanowski, former American football player.
Bill Romanowski, former American football player. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welcome to the March 9, 2013 edition of Tax Carnival Ecstasy. Bill Smith starts us off with some Strange But Legitimate Tax Deductions that were recently presented by TurboTax.com. Big Cajun Man has an article detailing when you should begin to file taxes for your children. Edward Webber takes a look at Tax Code 944L which was recently increased for the 2013 tax year. And finally Bill Smith takes a look at another celebrity with tax issues, Bill Romanowski who has failed to pay taxes for some time. Hope you enjoy the articles, bookmark, share, tweet, like and come follow the next carnival edition.

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Bill Smith presents Strange But Legitimate Tax Deductions from TurboTax.com posted at 2009 Tax, saying, “Tax season is anticipated by some and dreaded by others. For accountants and tax professionals, however, it can be a time of amusement.”

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John Schmoll presents 4 Simple Ways to Make Filing Taxes Easier Every Year – Frugal Rules posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “Very few people enjoy doing and filing their taxes. However, with a few simple steps you can make the process easier every year.”

Big Cajun Man presents Taxes: When Should They Start? posted at Canadian Personal Finance Blog, saying, “When should you file for your kids?”

Bill Smith presents New Tax Problems For Lindsay Lohan posted at 2012 Taxes – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “Lindsay Lohan would do well to heed the advice that many individuals follow each tax season, especially since she faces new tax issues about not paying her 2011 taxes.”

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Edward Webber presents Tax Code 944L posted at TaxFix Feed Update, saying, “The tax allowance for 2013 has increased in the UK. This post will let you know how much you can earn before you need to pay any tax.”

Bill Smith presents Prevent A Bill Romanowski Like Situation posted at 2010 Tax, saying, “NFL star Bill Romanowski has landed himself in fresh controversy after the Internal Revenue Services recently revealed that the ex-football sensation owes more than $5 million in back taxes.”

Bill Smith presents The Benefits Of TurboTax 2013 posted at 2013 Taxes, saying, “When you are planning to file your income tax return, you want simplicity, accuracy, and options. You will have these benefits and more with TurboTax 2013.”

Bill Smith presents Consumer Reports Releases 2013 Tax Tips posted at 2012 Taxes – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “These tips help consumers not get caught up into any questionable tax services and help them save money when filing their 2013 taxes.”

Bill Smith presents Microsoft May Owe Denmark A Billion Dollars posted at 2012 Tax – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “The three giants of American IT – Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have faced the ire of several competitors and governments in their efforts to place billions of dollars in tax havens or through complex, layered acquisitions.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of tax carnival ecstasy using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Small Businesses Get Help From Intuit’s TurboTax CPA Select

Intuit’s TurboTax CPA Select

New Intuit’s TurboTax CPA Select connects small businesses with CPAs

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Intuit has announced a new online service known as TurboTax CPA Select, that links small businesses who need to file their taxes with a CPA.

Intuit's TurboTax CPA Select

The inventor of TurboTax, Quicken, and Quickbooks, Intuit has come out with a great new tax preparation and filing service right on schedule for the approaching tax season. The program, TurboTax CPA Select is intended to assign small businesses who need tax help to a CPA. These business owners can know have an accurate estimate of the cost of their tax preparation before they have to file them.

Brian Crofts, Group Product Manager of Intuit, states that with CPA Select our focus is to be able to handle business on both the customer and CPA side, giving customers what they need and want.”

The new service was introduced by Intuit on January 23 at the Small Business VCon and again on January 29 at Intuit’s Innovation Gallery Walk.  The Gallery Walk was held at the Mountain View headquarters of Intuit from 4-8 p.m. Pacific Time and gave them a chance to show off their latest products/services. The CEO and other leaders of Intuit shared their predictions about technology as well.

TurboTax CPA Selects lets users search a group of selected CPAs. The CPAs have profiles of themselves with a photo, client reviews, star ratings, and educational and professional information. Once a small business picks a CPA, they simply upload and submit their tax return from the prior year along with any other necessary documents such as 1099s and W-2s. Within 24 hours, the selected CPA will give that business an estimate based on what they have submitted.  Users can then accept or deny the estimate. If it gets accepts, the CPA prepares and files the tax return.

This online service is not only for small businesses, but also for individuals. Users can sign up by filling out the registration form or using the link to their Facebook page. Requirement 7216 asks users to give consent to submit documents by having them type their full name, their spouse, and the date. TurboTax CPA Select is simple for messaging the CPA directly or to chat or message Intuit customer service.

Crofts states that he wants the service to be convenient and easy to use for individuals and businesses, even if they only need one-time help with their taxes.

CPAs that belong to the TurboTax CPA Select plan can link their profile to their social media sites and manage everything from their dashboard. They are also able to send messages to their clients directly.

Plans starting at just $89.95 are now available. Mint.com users may be able to use CPA Select since it is on their advice list of services that can save them money.

Tax Carnival Ecstasy – January 22, 2013

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Welcome to the January 22, 2013 edition of tax carnival ecstasy. In this edition we start off with an article from Bill Smith on the IRS delay in tax filing acceptance until the end of January, a delay caused by the late tax law changes passed by congress. There is also an article from John Schmoll who looks at 4 Helpful Free Investment Tools that you can use. Hope you like all the articles, tweet our carnival on Twitter, share with your friends, bookmark and come back next time.

Brian McKay presents Mortgage Debt Cancellation Relief Extended Until December 31, 2013 posted at Bank CD Rates, Mortgage Rates, Savings Rates, Banking Reviews, saying, “Homeowners facing a foreclosure, a short sale or reduced loan principal by their lender after December 31, 2012, faced owing taxes on any mortgage debt that was forgiven by the mortgage lien holder. Home owners had rushed to complete short sales or debt reduction before the end of the 2013 because it looked like the fiscal cliff tax issues wouldn’t be worked out in Washington.”

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Taxes (Photo credit: Tax Credits)

swapnil presents Share Market: Tax Structure in India posted at Share Market.

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Bill Smith presents Free Tax Filing for 2011 Taxes posted at 2011 Tax, saying, “Each year, thousands of taxpayers fail to file their federal income taxes. Some individuals willingly forgo this action while others run into special circumstances.”

Bill Smith presents Processing of Tax Returns to Begin on January 30 posted at 2012 Tax – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “Earlier this week, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that electronic filing of tax payments for the year 2013 will commence on January 30.”

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John Schmoll presents 4 Helpful Free Investment Tools posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “Investing in the stock market can be a challenge for the seasoned investor, much less a newbie investor. By using some free investment tools you can make more informed investment decisions that will benefit your portfolio.”

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Bill Smith presents Eliminating State Income Taxes Could Spur Economic Growth posted at 2012 Taxes – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “While Washington continues to struggle with attempts at major changes to the federal tax system, individual states have no such problem.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of tax carnival ecstasy using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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