Oh, I love March! The weather starts getting warmer and I can spend more time outside. I can’t say the same thing of my humans, though…they keep talking about “filing taxes” and how they’ll never see the light of day! So one day, while they were busy looking for papers to prepare their taxes, I snuck onto the computer to see what I could find to help them out. And you’ll never guess, but I found a digital tax preparation program that surely makes my tail wag with all its capabilities and features: TurboTax®!
Advantages of Intuit TurboTax
Free & Paid Versions ($59.99-179.99)
State Return Cost: $0 for Free Version, $39.99 for Paid Versions
If you want an easy and straightforward experience (and who doesn’t? That’s all my humans keep talking about in what they’re looking for to file their taxes…), then TurboTax is for you! It has an exceptional user interface; preparing your tax forms through an interview-style Q&A that’s written out in plain language so it’s easy to understand. With every answer you provide, TurboTax automatically calculates numbers and translates your responses into the information it needs to correctly place your personal and financial data on your tax forms. Its artificial intelligence system will even recommend deductions you can take based on your profession!
For the budget-conscious, there is a free version of TurboTax for filers who make $100,000 or less in yearly income which supports the 1040EZ and 1040A forms. However, if you think you’re going to need a little more paw-holding and support when preparing your forms, there’s a tier of paid versions with levels of helpful resources; from $59.99 for the Deluxe program to $79.99 for Premier, and $119.99 for the Self-Employed version. The good thing about the paid versions is that users get the additional feature of real-time help via SmartLook at no extra cost (free users have to pay for this service). The SmartLook one-way video conference allows the user to see and talk with an actual tax specialist, who in turn is able to view your screen to troubleshoot and answer questions!
New to TurboTax this year is TurboTax Live which, at a cost of $179.99 for the program, can handle every IRS form and schedule while providing unlimited live tax advice. With this version, you also get a one-on-one meeting with a human CPA or EA (Enrolled Agent) so you can go over any questions or filing issues you may have before you start.
While TurboTax is one of the more costly tax preparation programs, the resources you get in return can be a great advantage, especially for those humans filing their taxes on their own. And better yet, TurboTax is available right in your own SIS Bank checking account! That means you’ll get your return a lot faster with SIS Bank’s direct deposit.
There are dozens of tax preparation programs and online software available, but TurboTax is surely one of the best because of its comprehensive and thorough coverage of all tax forms. Now I just have to show my humans what I’ve found… perhaps I’ll print off my findings and place it with one of Clawdia’s hunting prizes she often leaves at the front door. That always gets the attention of our humans!
‘Til next time,
Your pawsitively pawesome pal Cache