Start Online Tax Filing Free with TurboTax

If memory serves me correctly, I’ve used TurboTax to file my taxes for nine of the last ten years. First, let me tell you about the one year I DIDN’T use TurboTax. A guy walks into a CPA office and drops off his tax paperwork.  He picks it up several weeks later and drops that envelope in the mail.  A few weeks later, the same guy gets a letter from the IRS saying that a miscalculation … [Read more...]

The Beginner’s Guide to Self Employed Tax

Of course you can read about all this information regarding small business and taxes from the IRS.  You just need to drink a gallon of coffee before you start.  I’ll try and simplify things and explain them in a way that is easy to understand. This will be my seventh year to file as a self-employed individual.  To be perfectly honest, self employment tax information is never fun, but when you … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Save Money on Federal Tax Preparation

8 Ways to Save Money on Federal Tax Preparation Know Your Tax Situation - This is the most important tip that I can give. Understand the basics of your tax situation (do you itemize, # of deductions, # of exemptions, filing status, etc). This will make it easy for you to compare prices of either a professional or software. Do it Yourself - If your tax situation is simple enough, then you can … [Read more...]

What To Do When You Have A Late Estimated Tax Payment

I’m a personal finance blogger, but I’m far from flawless. In fact, since I’ve started to write about money, I’ve found it harder to keep up with my own finances. We are often reminded  Don’t Forget To Pay Your Estimated Taxes if You Are Self-Employed.  But, this month I forgot to make my estimated tax payment. The Saga Behind My Late Estimated Quarterly Tax Payment Due to frequent crashes … [Read more...]

How To File Federal Taxes Online For Free

If you have a simple or basic tax return there is no reason to pay to file your federal taxes - file free federal taxes online.  In addition, it is much more convenient and faster to process a tax return online. Filing Free Federal Taxes Online: Important Facts Most free Federal E-filing is limited to a “simple return” – 1040-EZ. Free File is available only to taxpayers with a maximum … [Read more...]

Turbo Tax or CPA | What is the Best Way to File Taxes?

One of the two certainties in life, so they say, are death and taxes. In my short life, I have had way too many interactions with governments.  I’ve been detained by the US customs, waited for hours in lines at US immigration offices, read hundreds of documents of boring legal mumbo jumbo about applying for a work permit, applying for temporary residence, applying for conditional permanent … [Read more...]