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Jan 26th, 2015

TurboTax Apology is One Big Sorry, Not Sorry

I’m sorry you feel that way. I’m sorry if I made you mad. I’m sorry you don’t understand. #sorrynotsorry Any woman who survived middle-school drama or a cheating ex-boyfriend knows these phrases well (not to get too personal or anything, but I’ve been there). It’s the amateur turn-of-phrase where the one in error apologizes for […]

Affordable Care Act
Jan 20th, 2015

Tax Refund Delay: Separating Fact from Fiction

Did you hear that tax refunds were going to be delayed until October? Yeah, that’s false. An article on a satirical website last fall fueled controversy that taxpayers wouldn’t get their refunds until many, many months after filing. It isn’t true. However, the Commissioner of the IRS has made comments that may make it seem […]

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Jan 16th, 2015

Smart Filing: How to Avoid Being a Tax Scam Victim [VIDEO]

Now that tax season is upon us (e-file opens Jan. 20!), you may see signs and storefronts popping up to offer you wonderful refunds without any knowledge of your situation, or they may even promise you a refund within 24 hours. Be careful when you see this. Here are seven tips to help you avoid […]

Affordable Care Act
Jan 15th, 2015

Refund Delays: What You Need to Know

Ed note: We’ve been seeing some online discussions about whether refunds will be delayed this year. So, we asked our friends at the Tax Institute – H&R Block’s tax experts who also work closely with the IRS – to interpret the situation for us. Waiting is hard. Waiting in line at the DMV, in the […]

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Jan 10th, 2015

When Absolute Zero Isn’t Absolutely Free

Free. It has a sweet ring to it. And the synonyms to free are so fun. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero. If you’ve been doing any Googling about tax prep this week, you might have come across that last one. Zero. TurboTax is offering Absolute Zero, which features a federal tax return and state tax return […]

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Dec 22nd, 2014

Extenders Have Passed – What it Means

President Obama signed H.R. 5771, The Tax Increase Prevention Act (TIPA) – known as the “Extenders” – into law last week. This package of tax benefits had expired December 31, 2013. The good news: This one-year extension (yes, it expires on December 31, 2014) means that taxpayers can claim these benefits on their 2014 tax […]