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Tax Time

on 12.31.2008 at 8:58am

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tax time

I have a confession – I love to do our taxes.  I always start to work on them as soon as my husband brings his last paystub home and most years I am ready to hit the e file button long before the official forms arrive from employers.  (Don’t worry I wait till they are here).

If you have thought about doing your own return:
1.  You can always attempt to do them for free, so if things get very muddled and you still need help you won’t have spent anything.  You do your return online for free and you only pay to submit it!

2.  It really is very easy!  (Mind you we don’t have 2 homes, off shore accounts etc.)

The Best Savings I can find on Turbo Tax online – 25% off:
1.  Go to this page at Fidelity

2.  Click on “Start or Continue your return with Turbo Tax”

3.  Click whether or not you are a Fidelity customer (you don’t have to be to get the discount to just answer honestly).

4.  It will then take you to the Turbo Tax site where you get 25% off all the prices – even 25% off the state e file (another $26 dollars)

We are actually customers of Fidelity and have used this discount for a few years now.  It is the only company that offers 25% off all the products.

**If by chance you have a State Farm Banking account you can get Turbo Tax FREE (the first 25,000 to register to use it).  Note – this is for banking customers only.**

Why Turbo Tax?
I know there are a lot of Tax prep programs out.  We have used a few other ones.  I am mentioning Turbo Tax mostly because it is the easiest to do all by yourself.  It actually treats you like you are stupid sometimes so that you can’t mess up.

If you want to use another program (because some are a lot cheaper).  Here is a tip: Do your taxes twice! We used Taxact one year and it was not as easy, I was a little concerned that I had missed things so…  I went to Turbo tax entered everything there (for FREE) made sure the numbers matched TaxActs numbers and then went ahead and filed with the TaxAct.  You won’t pay anything to Turbo tax and you have the peace of mind that the numbers matched!!

Price Comparison:

Turbo Tax Deluxe – $24 for Federal another $26 for State (e files are included in the prices)
Tax Cut (H&R Block online) – $34 for Federal another $20 for State (e files included)
TaxAct Deluxe – $7.95 another $9.95 for State (e files are included)

Turbo Tax and TaxAct are both free to enter your information and you only pay if you submit it.  Tax Cut you have to pay for the program up front.

One more thing:  If you have a simple tax retun and make less than a certain amount you might be eligible for the IRS Free file.  Turbo Tax is part of the program and you can get more information on their site.  There are other software groups that are part of it, but this version is rated the best.

    • Thank you so much for this! We just about always use TT. I have tried the others and think TT is just the best for us. And to get this discount?! Great! Thanks!

    • Angela

      Oh no! No one loves doing taxes! I love the people who do our taxes…not quite the same thing…

    • Bethany

      I always use http://www.taxactonline.com and have great results. I dont know if it will do “complicated” taxes or not but last year I dont think ours could have been more complicated and it worked great for that. (HSA’s, stocks, pay stubs, new baby, etc)

    • Victoria

      State Farm has had TurboTax for FREE for the last few years for customers who have insurance policies through them. I haven’t seen the link yet and I don’t bank with them, so can’t use the current link. I called my agent & was told they WILL have TurboTax Deluxe available again for free to insurance customers. The link shoud be available in January. Yea—I Love Free!

    • Lynn


      Thanks so much for the info on state farm. I’m also a insurance customer and didn’t know about the free turbo tax.

    • Janice Todd

      If you belong to AAA, go to this link for up to 25% off Turbo Tax…


      We love Turbo Tax also. I especially love that if you use it one year, the next year all you information is automatically transferred over!

    • Victoria

      State Farm doesn’t really tell people they have this service (really odd). Once you login to your account, the link has been on the left near the ‘additional links’ button, and is kind-of generic, like ‘free tax software’ or something of that nature. I seem to remember that the program (Deluxe version including state) was completely free, but I think I had to pay for the e-file option. It was only $15, so still a bargain.

    • Victoria

      My agent was incorrect. State Farm is only offering this to banking customers. No free TurboTax for insurance-only customers. Sorry for the misinformation. I’m off to pout for a while… :(