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Alternative Fact #4: At TurboTax, free can come at a price

Alternative Facts #4: Free can come at a price

“Bargain” airlines might save you money on a ticket, sure, but once you’re on board you’ll pay for your bag, your seat, even water. You know, all the stuff you think should be included at the original price.

It’s the same drill with TurboTax. AbsoluteZero is free, sure, but once you get in there, TurboTax surprises you with unexpected fees to get things you thought were included, like access to your tax return once it’s filed.

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What It Really Means to Get a Tax Refund

What it really means when you get a tax refund - TaxAct Blog

It’s tax season – or as it’s frequently called, “refund season!” And that means tax filers like you are barraged with messages about getting your “maximum refund.” Many of those messages come from tax software companies and even tax preparation … [Continue reading]

4 Reasons You Should Have an IRA

4 Reasons You Should Have an IRA - TaxAct Blog

Contributing to an Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) is an excellent way to grow your financial wealth over time. In fact, if you don’t have an IRA, you may be missing out. … [Continue reading]

Alternative Tax Fact #3: When “free” is just another word for up-sell

Alternative Tax Facts #3

TurboTax always boasts about being free. They call it AbsoluteZero. But once you’ve started your return, it doesn’t take long for them to try to push you into something much more expensive. And they do it in a very clever way, too. … [Continue reading]

10 Frugal Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

10 Frugal Valentine’s Day Gifts - TaxAct Blog

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to celebrate the ones you love. However, the classic expectation of roses, chocolates and fancy dinners can sometimes feel like a blow to your budget coming so close on the heels of major gift giving at … [Continue reading]

Alternative Tax Fact #2: No Fee for Phone Support

A common theme in the do-it-yourself tax software industry is to promote a “free” offer, and then charge extra, unexpected fees for specific features and services. The problem here is that these features and services, which usually come in the … [Continue reading]

Alternative Fact: “Free” isn’t Always Free

Alternative Fact: “Free” isn’t Always Free - TaxAct Blog

Alternative facts have received a lot of press recently. Unfortunately, they are not limited to politics or George Orwell’s 1984. They have also found their way into the do-it-yourself (DIY) online tax filing industry. Every tax season, leading … [Continue reading]

The IRS is open for business: why e-filing is a smart choice

Why e-filing your tax return is a smart choice - TaxAct Blog

The IRS officially kicked off the 2017 tax season today, marking the first day the agency begins accepting both e-filed and paper income tax returns. If you’ve already completed your 2016 return – great! Your return is one of the first in line for … [Continue reading]