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The dreaded T-Day, April 15, is bearing down. Have you done your taxes yet? Are you planning to tackle them yourself?

Then I've got just what you need. Tax help at your fingertips.

IPhone_HRB_Main_Menu Yeah, I know you already have that by surfing on over here to the ol' tax blog. And I really appreciate that.

But thanks to the folks at H&R Block, I can provide one lucky Don't Mess With Taxes reader another avenue for tax help: an iPod Touch loaded with the tax franchise's Tax Answers App.

The app will connect you to the Get It Right Community, which is manned by H&R Block tax professionals who will answer your specific tax questions. Answers will be sent directly to you typically within 24 hours.

You'll also be able to browse previously answered questions by topic, check out a tax lingo glossary and take a quiz to test your tax knowledge.

So how do you get your hands on this tax-savvy iPod Touch?

Since it's an iPod and once tax season is over (or before; I'm no fool!) you'll be using it, among other things, to listen to your favorite tunes, we're sticking with that audio theme for our giveaway.

Just leave a comment on this post telling us
who you listen to when it comes to tax advice and why.

Is it your mom? You cousin the CPA? That brainiac kid down the block? Maybe the guy in the next cubicle at work? Don't Mess With Taxes (of course!)?

Even though I can't win, I'll get the ball rolling. I listen to a former Ways and Means colleague because she's sharp as a tack and never makes me feel stupid when I ask a tax question. I'm talking about you, Maxine!

See, it's that simple. Just click on comments and tell us who has your ear at tax time.

Be sure to leave a valid e-mail address because I'll need it to get back in touch with the winner to find out where to send the iPod Touch.

Oh, yeah, about picking that winner. I'm going leave that to chance. The names of everyone who comments/enters will be thrown into an electronic hat and one winner randomly drawn.

When will that drawing take place? Sometime after noon Central Daylight Time next Monday, March 29.

There's a date stamp that's applied when a comment comes in even if I don't immediately get to it. That will be the final word on all comments/entries.

A few more rules: To make this all official here are a few more guidelines. And regular readers and contestants in my previous giveaways will notice some changes.

You can enter as many times as you want by leaving additional comments, but you'll have to tell us a new person each time. You can't just post, "Bill my accountant" 17 times.

If you've already won something from Don't Mess With Taxes earlier this year, no worries! I'm feeling as generous as a member of Congress writing tax law around election time. I want to give, give, give! So previous contest winners, come on down!

There's no age limit, but there is a residency requirement. The iPod will only go to U.S. residents. Sorry all my global readers, but since the app only covers American tax law queries, we want to make sure affected taxpayers get use of it.

Rude comments will be edited. Really rude comments will be deleted and deemed not eligible for the giveaway. My decision is final on this.

As with my earlier giveaways, I'm following this lawyer's suggestions for running contests. Obviously the names of the entrants will be available as public comments, but I'll also maintain the record of the random selection process in case anyone is interested.

Finally, I'm not getting anything from H&R Block or anyone associated with the tax preparation/software company except the opportunity to offer this iPod Touch to you, my wonderful readers.

Now get to commenting! And good luck! 

Comments

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Jim

Use H&R block software for the last 5 years and I inquire through Google and Yahoo for more Tax info.

Shane

When all else fails I Google my question. While you (obviously) can't trust everything you read on the internet, Google can point you to blogs like this or the right portion of the IRS website, etc... Google may not be a 'who' per se, but it is an algorithm that collects votes from a lot of knowledgeable 'whos' and that kind of collective wisdom is pretty awesome.

Shane

If my usual sources don't pan out, I ask a few specific friends or co-workers who I know have been in similar life situations as I am, but in the past. Just like you usually don't learn to fix a toilet until you own a home...you probably don't know how to deduct the interest until your own one either.

Shane

I get information from three sources: Don't Mess With Taxes, the IRS website, and my father-in-law who is a finance professor who seems to make a hobby out of doing taxes. Since this filing season was, among other things, the first year I was married and owned a house, I needed all the help I could get.

Colin

Kay B. is a great source for tax info!

Revanche

This blog is my second stop.

Revanche

My first resource is the IRS.

Colin

Thinking about it more... there's a guy I know... we'll call him "Bob" and he gives great "tax advice". "Bob" also goes by the name "U.S. Mater Tax Guide 20XX".

Tom

If I can't find it on DMWT, I talk to my friend Peggy who has been doing taxes for many years.

Tom

I turn to "Don't Mess with Taxes".

Brian

As a lawyer, I always feel obligated to check the code and regs if I come across something I'm not 100% positive about.

Brian

My first source is usually the BNA Tax Management Portfolios.

Jaime

I work in payroll so i commonly check out
payrolltaxes.com
great resource for those in the payroll tax side of things...

Jaime

I live in CA, so for CA tax questions I use the Franchise Tax Board website.

Dave Hamblin

Growing up, my father was the one who made me file my own taxes (by hand) once I started earning income. So, not only did he provide me with advice (and still does, occasionally), but also helped me not be "afraid" to do my own taxes!

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