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H&R Block Online Tax Prep Reader Giveaway!

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E-Filing is now open (as of today)!

If you haven’t already purchased your tax software this year – hold off for a few more days – because I am giving you an opportunity to score free tax prep!

I have five $90 key codes for H&R Block online tax prep programs, courtesy of the kind folks at H&R Block.

If you end up with one, you can choose the version you’d like and apply the code towards the program online. Why $90? It would cover the top-level “Premium” online version ($49.99), including the full cost of 1 federal and 1 state e-file ($36.99).

H&R Block Premium online covers all of the basics, plus an optional additional focus on business deductions, investments/dividends, valuation on charitable contributions, and guidance on rental property income.

H&R Block’s support is unparalleled – they offer access to free, unlimited tax advice from H&R Block tax professionals via real-time chat (10 am – 10 pm Mon – Fri, and 9 am – 5 pm Sa/Su, CT).

I have used H&R Block’s online products the past couple of years and would not hesitate to recommend their products to anyone.

free hr block onlineH&R Block products guarantee free one-on-one audit support with an H&R Block agent, in the event that you get audited – to give you a little peace of mind.

So… how do you win?

How to Win the H&R Block Giveaway

Simple stuff, but make sure each step (it should take you 2 minutes tops!):

1. ‘Like’ the 20SomethingFinance page on Facebook (if you already have, you’re covered here).

2. Add a comment to this post with a clever/favorite tax tip or interesting tax story. Include your Facebook name as your commenter name and your real email in the email form when you comment (emails are kept private so others cannot see and I need to be able to contact you if you win).

I’ll cross-reference comments with Facebook and randomly pick 5 winners from those who have completed each step.

Deadline to Enter: 12 PM EST this Sunday, Jan. 25 (at which point no further entries will be counted). I’ll reach out to the winners the following week and email the confirmation codes so that you can get started on your taxes online and I will update the post with a comment once I have done so (so you’ll know if you didn’t win as well). And whether you win or not, take a look at H&R Block!

Good luck!


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39 Comments »
  • Tim Bergen says:

    This year I started using software to track my physical donations to charity. Not only did it allow me to remember all the things I’ve donated to Goodwill or other collection foundations it also gives you an estimate on what it’s value is and tracked what organization it was donated to.

    • G.E. Miller says:

      Tim – curious – what software did you use throughout the year to given an estimated value of your donations (i.e. clothes)?

      • Tim Bergen says:

        I used the “Itsdeductible” app/website through TurboTax. If I were to end up using their software I believe it will automatically input my information. If not, it will still give me a list of my deductibles separated into 4 categories (physical items, monetary donations, stock and mileage). It’s super easy and quick too. http://www.itsdeductibleonline.com or available on iTunes or the Google Playstore.

  • Tina Nguyen says:

    Last year I owed State $300 (filed on 2/1/14) and they supposed to withdraw it from my checking account but they still haven’t. I always have sufficient fund in my checking to make sure it doesn’t go negative one of these days when they decide to withdraw it.

  • Chadwick Savage says:

    Filling my IRA before January 31 to get extra interest and include it as a write off

  • Great give away! Software like these can save so much personal time and expenses and give you more insights into ways to save money on taxes. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mary Happymommy says:

    My mother and my in-laws ALWAYS pay an accountant to do their taxes. I have always filed my own taxes and I can’t figure out why they can’t do the same.

  • Michael says:

    I used Turbo Tax online for about 10 years to file my federal tax documents, until 2013. I bought a house in 2013, and needed to itemize deductions instead of using the standard deduction. Turbo Tax required me to upgrade to use itemized deductions and was going to charge $20 for it.

    After a few minutes of Google searching I found out that H&R block allowed itemized deductions on the free version of their online tax software. I switched to H&R block, and I was already planning to use them again for the 2013 tax year. A free upgrade to premium would be great!

  • Erin Ellis says:

    Change your federal exemptions or you may even be able to file exempt on your W4 if you receive a handsome refund. Why let the government hold on to your money interest free?

  • Diego R says:

    I was using Turbo Tax a few years ago until a coworker told me about her great accountant in the Bronx. I scheduled an appointment and took the subway to what was close to the very last stop on the west side of borough – about an hour or more from midtown Manhattan.

    I had been somewhat unprepared during my visit because, in classic NY style, the lady on the phone was abrupt and didn’t tell me much, but let’s also say that English was her second language. :-)

    I got there and it seemed like a fly-by-night operation, but after chatting with the accountant, I figured I was alright. He even told me he wouldn’t request payment up front because I seemed “professional” and he knew I would follow through – I guess the rest of his clientele was a bit sketchy. I thought it was a bit humorous but also felt it a bit patronizing to those who weren’t making too much money. Alas, it was the Bronx.

    I’ve moved and no longer use him, but it’s also due to him taking liberties with a subsequent year’s tax submission with “creative accounting” that I did not authorize and happened to miss upon examination. The gov said I owed money and a slight penalty (about $160 in total). I guess it wasn’t only his customers who were shady?

  • Lydia Dupont says:

    As soon as we get our W2’s, we put them in our tax folder on the corner of the coffee table and put the tax documents we get so when we’re ready, it’s all in one place and a reminder to e-file as soon as we can if we are getting a refund so we can use some of the cash to contribute to our IRAs.

  • Christine Teh says:

    Turbo Tax is starting to suck because of the sneaky way they try to make you keep upgrading so you’ll end up paying more… I’m looking for another alternative..

  • joelrog says:

    Please note that it is possible to file your taxes too quickly. Last year, eager to get our anticipated refund, I filed in late January. But a few days later I received a mailing from a charity we had sent a gift to. I could have refiled, changing our giving amount, but we didn’t. Would it have affected our refund balance? Not much. And we don’t give to get back anyway. But there really was no reason to be in such a rush to file. How did I spend that refund anyway? No clue.

  • Brian Haas says:

    File early and often?

    Hahaha. A tip for those who pay estimated taxes. I have some freelance income in addition to my normal 9-5. Once my freelance checks come in, I immediately go the the IRS tax payment system and have them withdraw ~30%! No worrying about meeting deadlines when I just do it every time I get a payment.

    Sweet.

    Also, I really want to use H&R Block software this year, especially after using TurboTax for 8 years, they up their prices, removed functionality, and make you now upgrade for forms that used to come with lower versions. Grr!

  • Crystal says:

    I check our taxes a few times a year and how much we have paid in and will likely owe to make sure we are on track to be as close to zero for a refund as possible. I primarily do this after my husband receives a bonus or we have a larger stock transaction, those bigger events that can throw the year off. Keeps me from having too big of a bill in the end and to know what to expect!

  • Shannon Finer says:

    We do our taxes as early as possible – get it over with!

  • Kama Korvela says:

    I’ll echo what others have said – file early. Early as you can. I absolutely hate waiting until the last minute to do anything and that includes filing taxes.

  • Chris Hardrick says:

    I have used H&R Block for the past seven years and am always pleased with their product. Hoping I can save a few bucks this year by being granted one of your graciously free codes!!

    Tax tip:
    Make sure that when you pay a kidnapping ransom that you ask for a receipt to write off the expense for your taxes.

  • Victor Y. says:

    Thank you for all of your tax updates! I have been fortunate to qualify for the Turbotax e-file the past three years. I like to use my Mint account to track my work travel expenses and charitable contributions.

  • Ron Ablang says:

    My tax tip is to keep a checklist of docs/forms you are waiting for, and check them off as they arrive and keep them all in one place.

  • Who knew I’d be thanking Congress but they renewed the tuition and fees deduction for tax year 2014 which is great since my wife started her master’s program this year and we aren’t eligible for any education credits. It will be a nice help.

  • Autumn Sheridan says:

    I always have my refund direct deposited into my high yield savings account so I am not tempted to spend it.

  • Kenady Sorenson says:

    I have been filing my taxes since I started working at age 15 – I strayed from H&R Block ONE year and it was the biggest mistake. I love their software, so simple and so quick!

  • Karolyne Brobisky Lucero says:

    Walk through doing your own taxes, even if you ultimately use an accountant to file them. Last year I was stressed and simply gathered up what I thought were complete records. As the year progressed, I discovered many unlisted expenses that were missed, largely because there were no triggers to force me to be diligent.

  • Jason Schramm says:

    I keep several years of tax documents, all in its own folder. And for each new year I create a folder to hold all my tax documents as they come in, including donation receipts. And when everything is in I know where to get it.

  • Doug Herrema says:

    Thanks for the offer! I’ve used H&RBlock online for a many years and have been pleased with their system and value. It’s one of the few online products that I feel is actually improving. And a free year would be awesome!

    A couple little tax things that work for me:

    (1) Throughout the year, keep a spreadsheet listing every form W-2, 1098, etc.) and itemized deduction (state sales taxes, donations, etc.) that you will need, so that once they come in you can check them off the list and know you’re ready to file.

    (2) The earlier you file and get your return, the earlier you can start making that money work for you.

    (3) Saving paper copies is a pain and is risky. Scan and save electronic copies of all important tax documents, preferably in the cloud on a secure site and/or an external hard drive (still keep the paper copies, but at least now you have backups that are easier to access from anywhere).

    • Sidney says:

      All great ideas! I keep an excel spreadsheet for all of my chaeitable deductions AND get receipts. You might not remember the 50 books that you donated a year ago

  • Kyle Shute says:

    As tax time approaches, I search the internet for “tax tips” or “most overlooked deductions”. You will be surprised what you can find and what you may be able to deduct or get a credit for. Some great tips can be found here: http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/taxes/T054-S001-the-most-overlooked-tax-deductions-slide-show/index.html

  • Emma Lincoln says:

    My only tax tip…file early :)

  • Matt says:

    Never assume anything when you take a new job. Two years down the road is a terrible and paperwork intensive time to realize your employer had you SS # off by one digit. -_-.

  • Sidney says:

    It’s not a bad product if you have a straight forward return. They do not calculate depreciation correctly.
    Beware: the old cavet: you get what you pay for.
    Just saying,,,,,,I do this stuff for a living
    Tax Cut, free to all, is just as good.

  • Francesca Mucciaccio says:

    Interesting tax tip:

    If you relocate because you’ve taken a new job 50+ miles away from your home, you can deduct moving expenses from your taxes. As a student, I found out something that will most likely affect me after I graduate this May — you can actually deduct this even if you’re finishing school and moving to take your first job! Pretty exciting stuff, as moving is super expensive and not many companies provide moving expense assistance these days. Source is Dave Ramsey’s website, under “Moving Expenses” (http://www.daveramsey.com/tax-tips/new-baby/), and he says to look at IRS Form 3903 for instructions. I knew there was something about moving, but I didn’t realize what the specifics were.

    • Francesca Mucciaccio says:

      In case I was supposed to provide an original tax tip: every new year, I start a new envelope for the tax year in which I place ANYTHING that could possibly be tax deductible (receipts for medical expenses, donations, anything at all). That way it’s all in one place when tax filing time comes around, and I don’t have to scramble to gather it all.

  • Spencer Ferrero says:

    Keep anything that could be tax related in one folder and start this process at the beginning of the year. So you should already have a folder for your 2015 return to be filled in 2016

  • Amy Venier says:

    Sorry, no clever new tax tip, my best just echoes the above:

    Start a folder at the beginning of each year labeled “20xx taxes” and put all donation receipts, stock sale info, etc. in there so it’s ready to go when the end of the year rolls around.

  • Matthew Smith says:

    If you are going to give a lot to charity you can donate stock instead of cash. If you do this, you can avoid paying the capital gains tax on the stock.

    Also, if you are having a baby, make sure the little one comes before the new year so you can claim that extra dependent.

  • Robert Kapaku says:

    Quirky tax tidbit: I started a new job last year. A full year’s salary would make me ineligible for some tax credit dollars, but the partial year salary won’t. So my wife and I contributed to our various tax-advantaged retirement accounts as much as possible for last year to take full advantage of the credits.

  • G.E. Miller says:

    Congrats to the 5 winners: Tim, Brian, Matthew, Autumn, and Doug!
    For everyone else, check out H&R Block’s offerings – and good luck in your tax filing. I’ll have a post in the upcoming weeks on how to dominate your 2014 taxes. Stay tuned. And thanks for participating!


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