“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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
One of the best presents you can give yourself this year is to maximize contributions to your deductible or nondeductible retirement plan. Whether you’ve been contributing all year or have yet to start, here are a few tips to get the most from tax advantaged retirement plans.
It’s that time of year again! Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment for 2017 officially kicked-off this week and will remain open through Jan. 31, 2017.
The term “predatory lender” refers to a loan provider who approves loans for those who aren’t likely to be able to pay them back. The term became popularized during the 2008 financial crisis, when many lenders were found to have approved mortgages with little regard for the borrower’s situation. But, what if the “prey” were given […]