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Long-time readers of the ol' tax blog know that in prior tax seasons I conducted several giveaways. That's not happening this year. It's not for lack of opportunity. Neither is it because of issues with the prizes or the companies that made them available. And it's definitely not because I don't love each and every one of you who stops by Don't Mess With Taxes for some tax filing info, tax planning advice or just to catch up on the latest, and goofiest, tax news. It's simply that I'm dealing with some added professional and personal demands this year and... Read more →

TurboTax giveaway for procrastinators

If you still haven't filed your taxes, I've got a deal for you. The folks at Intuit have given me four access codes for TurboTax Online tax preparation and e-filing, two for its Online Premier package and two for its Online Deluxe services. You can read about the differences in the software at the company's website. Since the tax clock is ticking, I'm going to give all four of them away this evening. Here's how to get one of the access codes: Leave a comment here on this post telling me why you haven't yet filed your taxes. It doesn't... Read more →

TurboTax software winners

Happy Valentine's and Tax Filing Day! To coincide with the IRS finally processing tax returns that have been on hold, three folks today won prepaid cards to access TurboTax Deluxe Online. Congratulations to Mary, Huning and Joe. I'll be sending you an e-mail shortly with details. And thanks to all who entered this contest and the previous ones this filing season. Read more →

As we get ready for the IRS to start processing all tax returns on Monday, Feb. 14, one more tax software giveaway only seemed fitting. This time I've got three TurboTax Deluxe Online cards that will get you access to exactly what the name says. Now to the important stuff, entering and winning! So how do you become a winner of one of these TurboTax cards? Send an e-mail to wintaxstuff @ Include TurboTax Online in the subject line. You can write me a message if you want. That would be nice, but it's not mandatory for this contest.... Read more →

Final TaxACT software winners

Congratulations to Chrystie, Bill, Joe D., Pat and Kara. They get the last five TaxACT Online Ultimate Bundle links in my current tax software giveaway. Thanks to all who entered. If you didn't win this time, you'll get one more chance. Later today I'll post details on the final "win tax software" contest that I'll run here on the ol' blog this filing season. Stay tuned! Read more →

Congratulations to Mark, Jessica, Bob, Brad, Chris and Sym. Y'all are the winners of our first batch of TaxACT Online Ultimate Bundle. Your link to acces the tax preparation and e-filign software will be on the way to you shortly. I still have five software links left. If you want one, leave a comment about what drives you crazy about tax filing on the post Tax software giveaway, take two. Complete details about the contest also can be found on that blog item. Good luck! Want to tell your friends about this blog post? Check out the buttons -- Tweet... Read more →

You know what's coming up, right? No, not Valentine's Day. OK, Cupid's holiday is almost upon us. But Feb. 14 this year also is special for taxpayers who've been waiting for the IRS to process their returns. To mark the convergence of the most romantic day of the year and your taxes (yeah, it was weird typing that, but …), I've got something for you almost as good as a box of chocolates or roses: free tax preparation software. For the next three days, I'll be giving away access codes to online tax preparation for federal and state returns. We... Read more →

The IRS starts accepting e-filed returns today. Remember, if you itemize or file some specific forms or claim a couple of special deductions, you'll have to wait until next month to file. Most folks, however, can start hitting that "send" button now. To celebrate, I've been giving away tax preparation software this week. I've got five access codes to CompleteTax's Premium MVP online tax preparation program left. With a code, you can prepare and e-file for free one 2010 federal and one 2010 state tax return. The first five readers who e-mail me at (please put CompleteTax in the... Read more →

I'm probably one of the few people who hasn't seen The Social Network. But I don't need to sit through two hours in a movie theater to know that the website has a lot of fans. So I'm taking advantage of its popularity. Today's edition of our tax software giveaway migrates to Facebook. Head on over to Don't Mess With Taxes' Facebook page and leave a comment there letting me know you'd like an access code to CompleteTax's Premium MVP online tax preparation program. With it, you can prepare and e-file for free one 2010 federal and one 2010 state... Read more →

Welcome to round two of our tax software giveaway to kick off filing season 2011. Yesterday, five readers each won an access code to CompleteTax's Premium MVP online tax preparation program. Now they can each file one free 2010 federal and state tax return preparation and e-filing. Today, five more folks will get a chance to win a CompleteTax access code. This time, I'm giving away the software over on Twitter. Send me, taxtweet, a 140 character or less note including the word CompleteTax. At 4 p.m. Central time I'll collect all the relevant Tweets and randomly choose the five... Read more →

We have our first five winners!

Well, that didn't take long. Congrats to Julie, Ryan, Travis, Janine and Don for being so quick to respond this morning to the first 2011 CompleteTax contest. I'll be sending you your access codes via e-mail later today. Five more access codes to the online tax prep and filing program will go on the giveaway block tomorrow. Check back then for details. Read more →

It's that time of year again -- tax giveaways! On Friday, Jan. 14, the IRS will begin accepting e-filed returns. So the ol' blog is kicking off filing season with tax software. The nice folks at CCH have provided me with 20 access codes to CompleteTax's Premium MVP online tax preparation program. Each code is good for one free 2010 federal and state tax return preparation and e-filing. I'm giving away five codes a day, starting today and ending on Friday, just in time for you to use the program and e-file … as long as you aren't in a... Read more →

Actually, it's New Yorker desk diary time, in which you can jot down important tax dates, as well as enjoy the great cartoons. An online friend I met years ago through blogging is now with Condé Nast, publisher of the magazine (and calendars). He dropped me note asking, what with 2010 about half over, did I have any ideas on distributing some of this year's calendars? Being a big fan of the calendars -- Santa has brought the hubby and me one of our own monogrammed diaries for as long as I can remember -- and a tax geek, I... Read more →

My readers are so schooled in taxes. Education tax breaks edged out all the other entrants in our favorite deduction contest to give away a NeatReceipts mobile scanner. And about that contest. The lucky winner of the scanner is Revanche. Congrats to her and thanks to all who entered. I'll hope you'll keep reading. Who knows when other goodies, aside from thrilling tax information, might show up here!? DISCLAIMER: The winner was selected by random drawing of the entrants. I did not receive any compensation in any form from The Neat Company in connection with this giveaway. Read more →

I know all y'all have already taken my earlier post about organizing your tax records to heart and have all your 2009 filing material properly categorized and filed. Yeah, me neither. Well, here's one instance where procrastination pays off (but don't tell the hubby that I said that!). To help you get your 2009 tax records under control and give you a head start on your 2010 taxes, I am giving away a NeatReipts mobile scanner. Readers who've been around for a while might remember The Neat Company provided one of these nifty products last year. The scanner not only... Read more →

MommyMel is the lucky winner of the iPod Touch. It's on its way to her now, loaded with But H&R Block's Tax Answers App. Congratulations to MommyMel. Thanks to all y'all who entered the giveaway. Better luck next time (and there will be next times)! And thanks to H&R Block for supplying the prize. Just so everyone (including the FTC) knows, I didn't get anything from the tax franchise folks or anyone associated with the company except the opportunity to offer the iPod Touch to my readers. Read more →

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. 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,... Read more →

Terry. Congratulations! And with that, we wrap up the drawings for the prepaid cards to access TurboTax Premier online tax preparation software. Thanks to everyone who entered. For those of you who didn't win this time, I'll be holding another software giveaway before tax season winds down. So if you can be patient for a short while, you'll have another shot at getting some free help in filing your 2009 taxes. Full disclosure: Just so everyone knows, I'm not getting anything from the folks at Intuit except five online tax preparation prepaid cards that I passed along this week to... Read more →

Kelly. Congratulations on winning the Thursday drawing for a TurboTax Premier prepaid card. I'll randomly select our fifth and final winner this evening. If you've entered but not yet won, your name will be included in this last drawing. If you want to enter, just e-mail me at Put "I want TurboTax" in the subject line. And include your mailing address. That's all there is to it. You can read full entry details in More tax software to give away!Good luck! Full disclosure:Just so everyone knows, I'm not getting anything from the folks at Intuit except five online tax... Read more →