How To Choose A Great Online Tax Preparer

When people look for online tax preparers, they need to consider various factors. Choosing the right tax software option is vital to maximizing a tax refund after all. Therefore, individuals must focus and search for their best tax preparation solution. Each person is going to require something slightly different from their online tax prep service.

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Safety Concerns

TurboTax 2013 from last year provided ample safety measures. Unfortunately, not all preparation services take safety seriously enough. The last thing a person wants to do is lose their personal information. Others have become victims of identity theft and lost their returns. The best tax prep options implement strict safety protocols today.

Tax refund theft continues to grow at an alarming pace. More taxpayers find themselves victims each tax filing year. While tax prep companies try to combat this fraud, cases will slip through the cracks. By choosing the safest option, taxpayers can minimize their risk of becoming a victim.

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Convenience

These days, people tend to prize convenience and efficiency over other factors. It’s important to check out a tax service’s extra features. Turbo Tax 2013 was prized for its variety of useful features. Typically, such features aren’t core to the tax filing experience. They do, however, provide certain taxpayers with extra tools that can be used for various purposes.

In the end, consumers must consider price and a handful of other factors, too. TurboTax is often considered the best tax preparation software available today. Anecdotal and usage figures seem to support the validity of this idea. Still, each taxpayer needs to find the tax preparation service that’s right for themselves.

Tax Carnival Ecstasy – December 18, 2012

The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?
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Welcome to the December 18, 2012 edition of Tax Carnival Ecstasy. In this edition we start with a Mortgage Interest Deduction 101 class from HouseMouse. Bill Smith takes a look at some Money Saving Tax Filing Tips for this upcoming tax season. And finally John Schmoll looks at Rebalancing Your Portfolio the careful way. Hope you enjoy the carnival, bookmark, share, like on Facebook, tweet on Twitter and follow the carnival next time.

Gregory Arnold presents Help With Rent Money – Online Cash Loans Can Help Cover Rent posted at Online Fast Cash Loans, saying, “Perhaps you have had some unexpected expenses this month. You may not have enough money to pay the rent. Thanks to online cash loans you can have the money that you need, and it may not be as difficult as you think.”

James Dean presents Do Payday Loan Consolidation Programs Work And If So How? posted at Unsecured Bad Credit Debt Consolidation & Personal Loans Online, saying, “In this day and age, it’s incredibly important for people to be in complete control of their finances. When you get older, you are responsible for several expenses such as rent payments, car insurance, medical insurance, as well as gas money. If you’re looking for information on payday debt consolidation loans, there is a lot of information on the web that can help you.”

deductions

HouseMouse presents Mortgage Interest Deduction 101 posted at The House Mouse.

filing

Bill Smith presents Money Saving Tax Filing Tips posted at 2010 Tax, saying, “The IRS indicates that the average tax refund was around $3,000 last year, meaning that many of us are actually looking forward to filing our taxes.”

retirement

John Schmoll presents Why Rebalancing Your Portfolio is Like Buying a Carton of Eggs posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “Portfolios, much like eggs can be damaged for numerous reasons. You also want to make sure you have a well balanced portfolio, just like you want a well-balanced diet. Part of a balanced portfolio is rebalancing it annually to make sure you have the best allocation possible.”

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Bill Smith presents Tax Amnesty Gives Kettering Ohio Six Figures posted at 2009 Tax, saying, “Thanks to a new tax amnesty program, Kettering Ohio has brought in more than $163,000 in the first five weeks since the program was kicked off.”

Bill Smith presents IRS Tax Relief Programs posted at 2012 Taxes – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “If you are looking for IRS tax relief information, maybe this will help you. The IRS has several tax relief programs for people who owe back taxes.”

Bill Smith presents IRS Tax Fraud Increasing posted at 2011 Tax, saying, “Identity theft linked to IRS tax fraud has been increasing. However, according to a recent government report, the IRS is actually unaware of the number of persons who are running scams on the system.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of tax carnival ecstasy using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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5 Things about Identity Theft and Tax Returns

5 Things about Identity Theft and Tax Returns

Five things about Identity Theft from the IRS that you need to know to avoid scams this tax season. What to expect from the IRS in the form of communication and who to contact if you think you have become a victim.

1. If you receive a letter or notice from the IRS that makes you think your identity has been stolen or someone has used your social security number illegally, contact the IRS immediately.

2. Contact the IRS right away if you receive a notice that more than one tax return … Read more at 2008 Taxes.

5 Things about Identity Theft and Tax Returns

Five things about Identity Theft from the IRS that you need to know to avoid scams this tax season. What to expect from the IRS in the form of communication and who to contact if you think you have become a victim.

1. If you receive a letter or notice from the IRS that makes you think your identity has been stolen or someone has used your social security number illegally, contact the IRS immediately.

2. Contact the IRS right away if you receive a notice that more than one tax return has been filed in your name.

3. If you receive a notice that wages were earned by you from an employer that you have no working experience with, your identity may have been used to file a return unknown to you.

4. If at first you are unsuccessful clearing up misuse of your identity with the IRS, the department has a special office you may contact called the IRS Identity Specialized Unit.

5. You can contact the IRS Identity Specialized Unit 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday at 1-800-908-4490.