It’s almost time to “Spring Forward.” While most of us are totally on board with the general idea of Spring (no more snow! or cold!), losing an hour of sleep to the transition into Daylight Saving Time may be a big disappointment. Which got us asking questions. When did we start this Daylight Saving stuff? Is there really any benefit to it? There aren’t many clear answers – we can’t even all come to a conclusion about whether we like Daylight Saving Time or not!
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Ed note: First time tax filers may have a lot of questions about the process – what to prepare, how to schedule an appointment and what happens during the visit. This might be especially daunting if English is your second language. We wanted to illustrate how easy it actually is to get that return filed, and all in Spanish too! Leer en español.
If you have ever asked yourself what it’s like to file your taxes with H&R Block and you have never visited one of our offices, then maybe my experience can give you an idea of what it’s like to file your taxes with a bilingual tax professional at H&R Block.
Check out the few steps that I followed that helped me simplify the process of filing my taxes.
Schedule the appointment at HRBlock.com
One of the most important steps is picking the person that will prepare your taxes. Through HRBlock.com and its Find an Office feature, not only can you locate the office closest to you, you can also select the tax professional that meets your needs.
Preparing documents prior to the appointment
You should make sure you have all the documents necessary for your appointment, including the most basic information about yourself and members of your household.
Ready to file
Make sure you arrive on time to your appointment, and bring all your documents with you. Any information that you do not include may mean a delay in your refund or, even worse, force you to file an amended return. Also, if you are a new customer, you can even ask about any promotion available to you.
One of the advantages of filing your taxes with a tax pro at H&R Block is that you can return to the same tax pro if you have any further questions. Many of the H&R Block offices are open year-round.
Whooo! Refund Season!
If you are one of those lucky enough to receive a tax refund, it is important to know the estimated waiting time. The IRS estimates that 9 out of 10 refunds are issued within 21 days from when the return was received.
Remember, if you have more questions about your taxes, you can visit The Community in our Spanish language message board, Preguntame.
Ed note: Mary Poppins would say, “in every job that must be done there is an element of fun.” That’s certainly the case with these awesome apps that help teach language and culture in an engaging and entertaining way. Leer en español.
We live in a day and age where kids are literally born tech-savvy. They don’t know the world without laptops, tablets and smartphones. I feel like it’s a great time to take advantage of the technology available and infuse their days with some cultura.
Here’s a list of apps that are available for iOS and Android that will educate and entertain your bi-cultural kids:
Best apps for toddlers
These apps are great from babies to preschoolers. They are age appropriate apps, which not only entertain with sounds and graphics, but also help grow and develop vocabularies. Best of all, most of these apps are free!
- Pacca Alpaca
- Rosetta Stone® Kids Lingo Letter Sounds
- Alfabeto Spanish Alphabet (Android only)
- Kandoobi Animals in Spanish ($2.99, iOS only)
- Niños Bilingüe (iOS only)
- ABC Music (iOS only)
Best apps for Spanish reading skills
For older kids, these apps will help build a phonic foundation for their skills. Most of these are focused on reading in Spanish. They are a fun way to identify syllables, as well as to learn basic grammar skills.
- ABC Spanish Spelling Magic – Deletreador mágico
- Lee paso a paso
- Pepe and Pepita: Bilingual Spanish gender & vocab challenge ($0.99, iOS)
- ABC Spanish Reading Magic – Lectura Mágica
- Spanish Baby Flash Cards 2
Best apps/story books for sharing our culture
With gorgeous illustrations, bright colors, a dose of history and tons of culture, these storybooks will keep kids entertained. From stories that teach about Día de los Muertos to classic Hispanic lullabies, there’s an app for that. Please keep in mind that these apps are only available for iOS devices.
- Luca pestañas el niño de ojos marrones con las pestañas mágicas
- Oy Mexico
- Pedro & Marg
- Frida’s World ($2.99)
- Rosita y Conchita in 3D ($4.99)
- Arroz con leche ($1.99)
No doubt that we are living in a more connected world. These apps will help this new generation to love our rich and diverse culture as much as we do.
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