Let’s Do Our Taxes – for Absolute(ly) Zero
Maybe it’s just me – but most years, I actually don’t mind tax time. I sort of look forward to seeing our year laid out in a neat little format.
Every year since 2006, I’ve used TurboTax. It’s cheaper than an accountant, faster than sending them in, and allows me to see how this all works so I can remember the next year as we decide what to buy/donate to.
As a military family, we have the option of having them done free on post. We did that in 2004/05 and it was a disaster. We ended up having to refile them because the tax accountant messed it all up. After that, I decided the stress wasn’t worth it. I wanted to do taxes at my own pace, without scrambling to find all our of documents and hoping I hadn’t missed anything for the appointment.
So now I take my time and file our taxes over a week or two, at home, with a cup of coffee.
Who is this for? In general, you’ll qualify to file state and federal taxes at no cost if you:
- Are a first-time filer
- Are a student
- Don’t have a house or investments
What do you get with Absolute Zero?
You’re getting last year’s very popular Federal Free Edition with even more new free features. So, in addition to not paying for super-easy state and federal prep, we don’t charge you for any of these features:
- Claim the Earned Income Credit ($2,300 2013 IRS average) $0
- Cover any Affordable Care Act forms
- Find possible government benefits up to $2,000
- Get a head start by importing your W-2 $0
- Have expert product and audit support $0
I’m not tax/money/investment savvy – so when I have to deal with monetary things, it has to be easy and simple. Life has thrown us so many curveballs over the past few years, but so far nothing has caused TurboTax to not be able to handle our taxes.
So this year, if you’re thinking about saving money on your taxes, and you want a simple way to do them, give TurboTax a try. Seriously – if I’ve been able to do it for 9 years through our ups, downs, and financial fun times – you can do it too. Grab a cup of coffee and a some tax paperwork, and take charge of your own taxes this year.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.