“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 […]
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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 store fronts. It’s certainly not new – the tax industry has been telling the “maximum […]
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.
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 form of an upgrade or add-on, are often things that really help filers get the […]
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 tax software companies spew “Alternative Tax Facts” to all American tax filers – and we believe this […]
We all know how important it is to save for retirement. Most of us think about saving. But we’ve all seen the statistics — Americans aren’t the best savers. In fact, one in three Americans hasn’t saved a penny for retirement. It’s not that we don’t want to save, it’s just hard to figure out […]
It’s time to file your taxes again! Or is it? Not everyone is required to file a federal income tax return every year – even if they had some taxable income. Ask yourself these four questions to determine if you should file a return for tax year 2016.