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H&R Block Online Tax Prep Reader Giveaway!

Last updated by on January 25, 2016

Tax return 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 am giving away 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’s enough to cover the top-level “Premium” online version ($49.99), including the full cost of 1 federal and 1 state e-file (an additional $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.

I reached out to H&R Block for this promotion because their support is unmatched. They offer access to free, unlimited tax advice from H&R Block tax professionals via real-time chat (24 hours a day/7 days a week until April 16th) and extensive phone support as well. And H&R Block offers the industry’s only free in-person representation, in the event that you get audited – which should help give you a little peace of mind when you hit that submit button.

I have used H&R Block’s online products the past couple of years and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone. I particularly like their Refund Reveal tool, which explains the changes in your refund amount when you make changes while prepping your return. Education is an important component to filing your taxes.

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So… how do you win a key code?

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 select 5 winners from those who have completed each step.

Deadline to Enter: 12 PM EST this Sunday, Jan. 24 (at which point no further entries will be eligible). I’ll reach out to the winners that day 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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31 Comments »
  • Jamie McIntonish says:

    My favorite tax tip is to use the home energy tax credit. I wait until Congress retroactively restores it (to be safe), then go out and make the purchase I had been planning (i.e. new door, insulation, etc.).

  • Jordan Jackal says:

    My tax professional always has me list out my donations specifically(i.e. 2 women’s blouses, 5 dvds, 2 men’s dress pants ect.) instead of using generic measurements(3 boxes, 2 bags clothes) to increase the total value of my charitable donations.

    “Boxes” gets a generic value that is usually much less than the value of the contents if you itemize them out. This is especially noticeable if you are giving away nice clothing or small electronics/kitchen appliances.

    Every dollar helps! :)

  • G.E. Miller says:

    FYI, to anyone who entered the tax prep giveaway contest in past years, this year’s giveaway is now open! Please follow the instructions in the post to be eligible to win the free H&R Block tax prep.

  • CJ Stein says:

    Do your taxes as early as possible. One you lower the chance of an impostor tax submission and two, it is far less stressful knowing you have a lot of time to work on it.

  • Brian H says:

    Remember that in addition to your IRA, you can also contribute to your HSA for 2015 up until the tax deadline if you haven’t reached the contribution limit!

  • Tiffany Mekkaoui says:

    Claim that student loan interest. I forgot one year and didn’t realize how much I missed out until the next year.

  • Joe V says:

    If you find yourself over the income limit to contribute to a Roth IRA, use the Backdoor Roth IRA as a method of stashing some extra cash and take advantage of Roth IRA benefits.

  • Crystal Buszmann says:

    My tax tip is to use two tax prep online softwares (before paying for them) when calculating your taxes. I typically file with HR Block online but I have a Turbo Tax account just so I can put my info in there as well and make sure I’m getting the same number on both sites. It helps reassure me I’m not missing anything. I also look to websites like this for tax tips to make sure I’m not missing out on any tax benefits. Most importantly though I calculate our taxes multiple times throughout the year, after bonuses, stock sales, etc. That way we can adjust the amount taken out if needed to minimize or eliminate any return we might be getting. Who wants to let the government borrow their money interest free!?

  • A O says:

    I like to deduct some the expenses for my dog as a watch dog for my business.

  • Syed Hussain says:

    This year I will be able to get some tax benefits from contributing to my state’s 529 plan. So if you are already saving for college or plan to sometime soon, look to see if your state offers a tax deduction for 529 contributions.

  • Favorite Tax Tip: If you get convicted of illegal criminal activity, you can write off expenses related to your legal defense.

  • Ron Ablang says:

    My favorite tax tip is to make sure you have all of your donation receipts in one place so you are ready when the deductions part of your tax return is being filled out.

  • Jessica Krueger says:

    I don’t have any good tips yet since I’ve only done my own taxes for two years now, but I am going to read through everyone else’s tips and use them in the future!

  • Autumn Sheridan says:

    If you moved, don’t forget to deduct the expense of moving your pet.

  • K.M. says:

    My favorite tax tip is to file as early as you can. My mother waited (or rather, her tax prep person waited) until late March to file last year. She never got her refund because someone else had filed in her name! She’s still sorting out this mess.

  • Kenady Craigsdatter Sorenson says:

    Stay on top of your finances YEAR round! And file early. Next year I will be filing jointly and it will be primarily out of my hands, so I am going to really enjoy the process this year!

  • Erin says:

    Don’t pay hundreds of dollars to someone to file a simple tax return when you can do them free online.

  • Trevor Schmitz says:

    A tax tip that I just learned this week is that qualified k-12 teachers can claim up to a $250 deduction even if they don’t itemize.

  • Reading this blog because I’ve never filed taxes before and have no good tis to share (yet)

  • Justin Blevins says:

    Make sure you’ve received the best available option to you for educational situation (American Opportunity or Lifetime Learning) and check prior years if you were eligible and refile if you forgot.

  • Cooper Taylor says:

    If you live in the state of Arizona, you can receive a dollar-for-dollar state tax refund of $200 if single or $400 if married filing jointly for donating money to “helping the working poor”. For example, if you’re filing as single and donate $150 to help the working poor in Arizona, you will get $150 state tax refund, and feel good about making a difference in your community!

  • Chris Michener says:

    My favorite tax tip is pre-paying property taxes in the prior year. Assuming you itemize, you get to “double up” on these deductions the first year that you do it, and you can continue pre-paying for as many years as you want.

  • Fred says:

    Aiee … taxes. Not looking forward to doing them this year, but good to know you can get on with it if you are so inclined.

  • Andy Pande says:

    My favorite tax tip is to use the Earned Income Tax Credit. Over 20% of Americans do not claim this on their taxes but it is way more beneficial than deductions for increasing your return:

    https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/Tax-Deductions-and-Credits/Earned-Income-Credit/INF12034.html

  • Joette B says:

    You can deduct moving expenses if you relocate to start a new job (whether you itemize or not!)

  • Maggie Germano says:

    My favorite tax tip after helping my boyfriend do his taxes last year: don’t forget about freelance work! He hadn’t changed his contact address with a company that hired him for freelance work, so he didn’t receive his 1099 form on time. He ended up having to file an amendment to his taxes and pay a few hundred dollars, instead of getting a refund!

  • Kim Henrichs says:

    My tax tip is…if you win a big prize, like a trip to Bali, set aside the money for taxes IMMEDIATELY!!

  • Michael Valley says:

    If you plan to get married, plan your tax withholding at the beginning of the year to reflect that you are married. Otherwise you’ll get a huge refund come tax season.

  • I like that you can decide about how much of your tax refund the government withholds from each paycheck. Want a big refund? Claim fewer exemptions. Want to keep your money throughout the year and get a refund as close to 0 as possible? Use the IRS Withholding Calculator to determine the number of exemptions on your W-4 form. https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/IRS-Withholding-Calculator

  • Tyneisha Fondren says:

    Here’s an tax interesting story. When I was younger I received a notice in the mail from the IRS that I owed over $3,000 in back taxes. It was just not possible. After further investigating I learned that my identity had been stolen and now I had this “bill”..they threatened to put a lien on everything I had (which wasn’t much at that age). Luckily I was able to fight it and the debt was erased. Always stay on top suspicious charges and activity throughout the year because it could come back to haunt you during tax time! Liked you on Facebook, thanks a bunch!

  • G.E. Miller says:

    Thank you to everyone for their submissions – lots of great tax tips – some of which might find their way into an upcoming post! 😉

    Congrats to the winners: Syed, Jordan, Crystal, Michael V., and Tyneisha!

    If you did not win, you can use this link to get 15% off any H&R Block online tax prep!


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