Solutions to Make Better Decisions with Your Taxes and Money

Alternative Fact #4: At TurboTax, 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 […]

Are unemployment benefits taxable?

Check to see if unemployment benefits are taxable.

Should I itemize or take the standard deduction?

Quickly determine if you should take the standard deduction or choose to itemize on your tax return.

What It Really Means to Get a Tax Refund

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 […]

4 Reasons You Should Have an IRA

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.

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

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.

Who can I claim as a dependent?

Find out if you have any qualifying dependents to claim on your tax return.

What is Form 1040?

Find out if you need to file Form 1040.

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 form of an upgrade or add-on, are often things that really help filers get the […]