Claims that TurboTax Fraud May also Affect Federal Returns

TurboTax photo
Photo by Images_of_Money

Now that the tax season is here, the fears about TurboTax fraud is more punctuated than ever before. Taxpayers were shocked when they heard about TurboTax suspending state tax filings over fraud concerns. Imagine getting the news that someone else filed your tax returns and claimed your hefty tax refund. Fortunately, this problem only affected the state filings, not federal taxes.

Tax Act

Well, this has changed. The details may be sketchy, but the FBI is now investigating claims that federal tax returns may also be affected by this fraud, putting your tax refund in jeopardy. The bureau interviewed taxpayers who claimed that IRS data was compromised, leaving room for fraudulent activities.

Imagine getting a message from the IRS acknowledging receipt of your federal returns even before you do your taxes. Given that all tax filings are done electronically, fraud has become a big threat.

While TurboTax 2015 free version allows taxpayers to make free tax filings, a rival, H&R Block, took advantage of the fraud cases surrounding TurboTax to attract taxpayers who did not want to fall victim to identity theft, among other types of fraudulent activities.

However, it is important to note that no system is perfect, especially when you consider the fact that both the IRS and most states had already put in place sophisticated systems to detect and help prevent theft.

The Rising Demand For TurboTax Software

030511
030511 (Photo credit: DennisSylvesterHurd)

TurboTax Software Demand Increases Intuit Profit

Intuit Incorporated announced a twenty percent rise in quarterly profits, as demand for their TurboTax Software grows. However,the firm appeared to show a loss on it’s fourth-quarter profit income and profit outlook. Intuit states it expects an overall loss of ten to twelve cents a share on an estimated income of between $683 million to $713 million for the fourth quarter.

The company initially forecast an estimated loss of between two and four cents a share on an income between $710 million to $720 million.

The company is based in Mountain View, California and the majority of its revenue is earned in the second and third quarters, when people invest in TurboTax Software during the run-up to the tax season.

The tax-filing season was later this year, hence the demand for TurboTax Software was delayed. Intuit relied on the third quarter to boost their yearly income.

Intuit’s net income amounted to $984 million or $3.39 a share, during the third quarter ending April 30, in comparison to $822 million and $2.71 a share in the previous financial year. Overall, income rose by around fourteen percent to $2.39 billion.

The company announced TurboTax Software sales were up, as many citizens opted to file TurboTax online.

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

Tax Act

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.

Day 56 - Tax Time
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.

TurboTax ItsDeductible Is Going Mobile

On December 3, 2013, Intuit Inc announced that its’ new TurboTax ItsDeductible app for iPhone had become available. This app is aimed at helping the estimated seventy-five percent of US citizens who donate to charity, convert their goodwill into sizable tax deductions. This app is free of charge and offered on the iPhone with iOS7 app store.

Tax Act

The Turbo Tax online program itself is very popular. When combined with the portability and convenience of a mobile device, the TurboTax ItsDeductible app allows people to easily monitor their charitable donations. This app features valuations for over ten thousand commonly donated items, like toys, clothing, sporting goods, games, appliances, household products and more.

Although most taxpayers are aware that non cash donations might be tax deductible, they do not always value the goods they donate to charity correctly. Usually, this is because they have just guessed the value randomly. For example, sometimes, bags of clothes are donated with $50.00 valuations, when the real value is over $300.00.

Prior to leaving a donation facility, people can easily and quickly input their donated goods into TurboTax ItsDeductible. Then, the app will automatically make a fair market valuation, based on guidelines by the Internal Revenue Service. This ensures that users receive the full deductions they are entitled to on their tax returns. The app uses location sensitive technology to quickly capture the address of the charity, for tax record keeping. All philanthropists should monitor their donations with this app, to be properly rewarded for their generosity.

Tax Carnival Ecstasy – November 19, 2013

Tax Act

Welcome to the November 19, 2013 edition of Tax Carnival Ecstasy. We start this carnival with an article from Bill Smith on filing back taxes. We also have a really good story on filing your taxes after the October 15th deadline has passed for the year. And finally, Intuit is helping those looking for advice on completing their Affordable Care applications. Hope you bookmark, share, tweet, and like on Facebook the Tax Carnival Ecstasy.

filing

Bill Smith presents How To File Back Taxes posted at 2011 Tax, saying, “All people with income need to file taxes yearly. If you have missed one or more years in the past ten, now is the time to file back taxes.”

Death & Taxes (film)
Death & Taxes (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bill Smith presents IRS Payment Plans Are Ideal For Paying Your Taxes On Time posted at 2012 Taxes – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “Just don’t use one to pay your taxes when they come due as the IRS has a number of payment plans that won’t stress out your budget and incrementally trap you in a negative cycle.”

retirement

Ward Carson cfp presents Women and Retirement – The Happy 401k posted at The Happy 401k, saying, “Ward Carson is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. He is the owner of The Happy401k.com and the Managing Partner of Cambridge Financial & Insurance Group. Cambridge provides counsel to corporate clients in the areas of qualified retirement plans and executive/employee benefits. Through TheHappy401k.com, Ward shares valuable insight for sponsors and participants of corporate retirement plans”

John Schmoll presents Can You Earn Too Much to Be Good With Money? posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “A common myth is that the higher your income is the better you are with money. This problem with this myth is that it overlooks the fact that if you spend a lot while making a good salary you’ll have nothing to show for it. The path to growing wealth, however, is made up of being frugal with your spending and having your money work for you as opposed to being a slave to it.”

tax law

Bill Smith presents Filing Taxes In 2013 After October 15 posted at 2013 Taxes, saying, “If you were unable to pay your taxes earlier in the year, you might have been dreading the October 15th deadline for your deadline extension.”

tips

Lee Hadnum presents Where are the tax havens? posted at UK Tax Planning Blog.

Bill Smith presents Intuit Offering Personalized Answers To Questions About The Affordable Care Act posted at 2012 Tax – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “To provide assistance to the estimated 50,000,000 uninsured US citizens facing crucial healthcare decisions, Intuit Inc recently launched their TurboTax 2012 AnswerXchange.”

Bill Smith presents Pink Slip Loans Worse Than Payday Loans posted at 2012 Taxes – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “Pink slip loans are available online. However, looking for a pink slip loan online requires due diligence.”

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.