Ah Spring. Warmer weather (with apologies to those getting one last blast of Winter). Longer days. Impending tax-filing time.
We celebrate all that in Tax Carnival #84: Spring Tax Time.
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OK, so maybe not all that, just the impending April 18 tax-filing deadline. But that's plenty. So let's get to it.
The carnival kicks off with the question all of us have ask every Spring, uh, filing season: How should we file our taxes this year?
PT has some thoughts about getting taxes done via software, a retail tax preparation shop or a CPA in Where Should You Get Your Taxes Done? It's posted at PT Money.
Susan Howe offers some thoughts on choosing the right tax-preparation that will fit your needs and budget in Tax Prep Costs: How Much Will It Cost to Get Your Taxes Done? It's posted at Get Rich Slowly.
Evan reveals all of the documents he takes to his CPA's office What Do I Need to Bring to My CPA or Accountant? He also explains why he doesn't do his own taxes, even though he admits to helping other family members with their taxes. The scoop is posted at My Journey to Millions.
If we don't hire someone to do our taxes, most of us will use tax preparation software to complete and e-file our returns. That's a popular topic among Tax Carnivalistas.
Brooke Kaelin presents Tax Software Buying Guide posted at Parenting Squad.
Ben has several different tips on finding Tax Software Discounts, posted at Money Smart Life.
Freesoftware reminds filers not to forget your state taxes in File State Tax Return Free, posted at Free Software.
Christien asks a question that's raised often this time of year, How Much does it Cost to File Taxes with H&R Block? It's posted at How Much Does Everything Cost?
Taxpayers north of the 49th parallel will want to know what changes were made to Canada's QuickTax when it rebranded this filing season to TurboTax.
Tom Drake presents TurboTax 2010 Online Review, posted at Canadian Finance Blog.
Boomer presents Tax Filing With TurboTax Online, posted at Boomer & Echo.
In addition to Canadian taxes, we've got a couple of other global tax tips in the 84th Tax Carnival.
Lubna Kably says that in his annual budget speech India's Finance Minister made an interesting remark on the launch of a National Mission for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. Will this also usher in tax credits for the users, as has been done in the U.S., Japan and EU countries? Things remain unclear but perhaps such a step may help make Indian roads a bit less polluted. Lubna elaborates in Law Street - Economic Times (March 2011) - Green cars? It's posted at Talking Tax.
Wez Brown has some advice for United Kingdom taxpayers on how to deal with the problem of having the wrong tax code. Details are in Learn What You Need To Do If Your Tax Code Is Wrong, posted at Tax Codes.
Back here in the United States, are you looking for ways to cut your bill? Sure you are.
CreditDonkey presents 5 Ways to Save on Your Taxes posted at CreditDonkey.com Tips.
Steve presents Tax Deductible Expenses for Small Businesses posted at 2010Taxes.
Michael presents What is IRS Tax Form 2441? Odds are that it's a form that can help some taxpayers reduce their taxes. Find out at The Dough Roller.
Kyle Berks notes that while the mortgage interest deduction is one of the major benefits of buying a home, remember that just like all other financial rules the tax break does not apply to everyone. presents. Find out more in The Myth about Mortgage Tax Deduction, posted at Integrated Loans.
Glen Craig takes a look at another home-related tax break in Tax Year 2010: Time to Begin Repaying the 2008 First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit, posted at Free From Broke.
Retirement gets added attention at tax time because of the tax advantages of IRAs.
Mike Piper notes that conventional wisdom says that the "Roth vs. traditional" question comes down to tax brackets. Is that true? Mike discusses it in Roth 401(k) vs. Traditional 401(k), posted at Oblivious Investor.
Rosette wants to know whether you're confused about the different types of IRA and the individual rules and regulations. If so, she examines IRA Basics, posted at IRA Rules.
Neal Frankle notes that it's possible to tap into your IRA earlier than 59½ and not pay any tax penalties in Early IRA Withdrawal With No Penalty — 72(T) Rule Explained, posted at Wealth Pilgrim.
Several Tax Carnivalistas go beyond basic filing.
Plubius presents Top 5 Things Wrong with the TAX Code, posted at Common Sense.
Wendy Litten presents Tax Savvy for Small Business Book Review, posted at Tax Problem Solver.
Jessica Bosari has four sure fire ways to catch the IRS auditor attention you have been craving in Want an IRS Audit? Try These Four Tips! It's posted at Billeater.
Ken presents Made A Mistake On Your Tax Return? File An Amended Return, posted at Spruce Up Your Finances.
And then there's the money, either going to the IRS or coming back to taxpayers.
Ryan notes that the IRS accepts credit card payments, but there is an associated processing fee. Some credit cards take the bite out of the transaction fee and, in some cases, offer cash reward programs. Details are in Can You Pay Taxes with a Credit Card? It's posted at Cash Money Life.
Madison DuPaix says Paying Taxes with Credit Cards to Earn Cash Back might -- emphasis on might -- be a good idea. It's posted at My Dollar Plan.
Richard Tyler looks at a tax time perennial, the Tax Refund Advance, posted at Your Home For How To Videos.
Kathy C finds it almost unbelievable that the IRS has $1.1 billion dollars waiting for people who have not filed their 2007 income taxes. For those of you who may not have filed yet, the deadline is April 18, and Kathy looks at how to get to the money in Have you filed your 2007 Tax Return? If not, there is 1.1 Billion waiting! It's posted at The Thriving Small Business.
Robert says the most common question he gets all tax season is when will I receive my refund? He loos at the timing issue in When To Expect My Tax Refund, posted at The College Investor.
Melissa says every year her family gets a tax refund and this year "we're determined to use the refund to improve our bottom line." She details how in 5 Ways We Plan to Use Our Tax Return To Help Our Bottom Line, posted at Mom's Plans.
And that wraps up Tax Carnival #84: Spring Tax Time.
We'll be back here at the ol' blog with Tax Carnival #85 on April 11, just in time for some last-minute tax filing and tax saving tips. Be a part of it by submitting a tax post (and tax-only items please; check the guidelines for details) via the Blog Carnival page.
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