This giveaway has ended and prizes have been claimed, but don’t despair. Read on to learn how you might still qualify for free tax preparation software. Ha ha. That rhymes.
Last Thursday, I attended a Meet and Eat and Drink hosted by the good folks of TurboTax. Although I absolutely adore and appreciate you, dear reader, I was mostly concerned about what I could get for myself – in addition to the free food and drinks. I left the event with three burning hot gift cards for free federal and state tax return preparation using TurboTax Deluxe Online 2009.
Don’t get too excited. Y’all ain’t getting all of ‘em. I’m keeping one. Even though I’m a CPA, I’m not a tax specialist, and I, shamefully, still need to file my 2008 state tax return.
Before entering the giveaway, please consider whether you already qualify for free e-filing. There are governmental initiatives in place that might allow you to use other tax prep software at no cost. According to the Internal Revenue Service’s web site, approximately 70% of U.S. taxpayers can file their federal income tax return using such a free service. Some companies will even allow you to free-file (I just made that word up) your state tax return, so I highly encourage you to head on over to www.IRS.gov/freefile to find out if you qualify.
Do it now. I’ll wait.
Additionally, TurboTax Online Free Edition is available to taxpayers who file relatively simple federal returns (state returns carry an additional cost). Unlike the free products offered through the IRS’ web site, an adjusted gross income in excess of $57,000 won’t exclude you from the offer.
Assuming you’re still bound to pay for federal and/or state tax prep or are just too lazy to determine otherwise, HERE’S HOW TO ENTER.
Record your entries in the Comments section below. Remember to include a valid e-mail address as this is how I’ll contact you if you’re a winner.
You can enter the giveaway up to 4 different ways.
1) Leave a comment telling me how you plan on filing your federal and state income tax returns for free OR at a discounted price.
If you choose to enter the giveaway using any of the methods below, please submit a separate comment for each one.
3) Follow me on Twitter.
4) Blog or tweet about this giveaway.
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. No entries will be accepted after 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, January 24, 2010. If you’re one of the winners, you’ll have 48 hours to respond after being notified before an alternate is chosen.