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Congratulations, Hal and Andrew. Y'all are the winners of our final two tax season 2009 giveaways. Andrew will be using TurboTax Deluxe Online 2008 to finish up his taxes. Hal can get his receipts and other tax documents in order with a NeatReceipts mobile scanner. The only bad thing about giving away tax-related items is that only a few folks can win. So while I can't mail each of you something, I do send my thanks for reading and entering to all. Read more →

I feel like one of those late-night cable TV pitchmen screaming, "But wait! There's more!" This morning I shipped off an autographed copy of my book, The Truth About Paying Fewer Taxes, to Byrne in Brooklyn. He was the lucky winner of the latest giveaway here on the ol' blog. But, as I said, there's more to come. Two more ways to win: Yes, filing procrastinators, sometimes good things do come to those who wait. I have an item to help you complete your taxes and another to assist you in organizing the paper that you used to file. First,... Read more →

I recently discovered a new financial Web site, FiLife. Well, it's not new; it's been around for a couple of years. But it's new to me. And I didn't exactly discover it. One of FiLife's writers, Kristen Sullivan, got in touch with me. Regardless of how we connected, I'm pleased to say we had a very nice conversation last week and there's online proof of our talk: Q&A with Tax Expert S. Kay Bell. As the FiLife site says, here's the short story: S. Kay Bell, author of The Truth About Paying Fewer Taxes offers some advice for first-time tax... Read more →

Ta-dah! Our giveaway of access codes for CCH's online tax preparation and filing software CompleteTax is complete! The lucky final five winners are Sara, Richard, Michael, Brian and Benji. I've emailed you the codes, so check your inboxes and get to work on your taxes. It's been a blast hearing from folks. And I may have one more software contest, so stay tuned. It probably will be around the 1st of April, for all those filing procrastinators (like me!) who push the tax deadline. Remember, even if you didn't win any of our CompleteTax, TaxCut or TurboTax software packages, you... Read more →

We're in the home stretch of our final tax software giveaway. Today's lucky five winners of access codes to CCH's online tax preparation and filing software CompleteTax are Deborah, Steve, Kristen, Kathy and Broke Grad Student. I've emailed you the codes, so check your inboxes and head over to to do your taxes. All the free software fun wraps up tomorrow. It will be a lucky Friday the 13th for five more readers, who will win the final five CompleteTax codes. You're already in the running if you entered prior giveaways here on the ol' blog. If you're new... Read more →

With just over a month left before the April 15 filing deadline is upon us, it's time to get serious about getting your taxes in order. If you plan to use tax preparation software, but haven't picked up any yet, then I've got a deal for you. Actually, I have 15 deals. The folks at CCH have given me access codes for 15 users to take advantage of its CompleteTax online tax preparation and filing software. CCH is widely known for its tax, accounting and audit information, and software and services to professionals. But its consumer tax prep package, CompleteTax,... Read more →

Congratulations to Tierra, whose name ended up atop the shuffling of entrants in the giveaway of our third, and last for this tax season, TurboTax Deluxe Online prepaid card. Thanks to all who entered the free software contest. And thanks to Intuit for donating the prepaid cards that allow access to the online version of TurboTax. But don't go away sad or otherwise readers. I have a few -- actually 15 -- more tax software giveaways. Details will be posted tomorrow, so please check back then. Read more →

Fellow tax blogger and tax pro Bruce, known on the Web as taxguy, has done me the honor of reviewing my book, The Truth About Paying Fewer Taxes. For the fact that he took the time to read the book, I am grateful. For his very nice review of it, I am enormously thankful. I recommend you give Bruce's review a look, not just from a self-promotional standpoint, but also because there's something in it for you. In connection with the review, Bruce is giving away a signed copy of my book. Thanks, Bruce, and to those who enter his... Read more →

We're in the heart of tax-filing season, so it's time to give away some more tax prep software. This week it's the third and final prepaid card that will give you access to TurboTax Deluxe Online 2008. As you probably already know, the online version is much like the boxed program. But instead of loading the software onto your computer, you just sign on to and do your taxes. When you get to the "review fees" screen, you type in the prepaid card's code. That will get you one free federal and state tax return preparation and e-file. For... Read more →

I'm starting to feel like Santa Claus, and not just because I'm still eating leftover Christmas candy canes. I have another tax software winner to announce. Congratulations to Dave! He's the winner of our second TaxCut Premium Federal software package. To paraphrase an old saying, the tax prep help is in the mail, or will be tomorrow when the Post Office reopens. Now for the rest of you still hoping for computer-based tax-filing assistance, stay tuned. I have more tax software to hand out. Details to be posted soon. Read more →

Michelle. Congratulations! She's rounding up her family's tax info and as soon as the TaxCut Premium Federal software package arrives, she can fill out her 1040 and e-file it for free. And there's good news for those who came up just short in our selection. I have another TaxCut software package to hand out. As was the case with our previous contests, all you have to do is leave a comment at this post. The deadline for entering this drawing is noon Central time, Monday, Feb. 16. If you left a comment last time, you need to do so... Read more →

As promised, I have more tax preparation software goodies to hand out. This time it's a package of H&R Block's TaxCut Premium Federal edition. This software program, which you'll load onto your own computer, will help you fill out your federal forms and then e-file them for free. All you have to do to win this tax help is leave a comment here at this post. As before, I'll use to resort the list of folks and give me the name of the lucky winner. I'll touch base with you at the e-mail address you leave and when I... Read more →

And the book winners are ...

Congratulations to Nicole, Sanjeev and MBHunter. You each won an autographed copy of my new book, The Truth About Paying Fewer Taxes. Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing. Before tax season is over, I hope to give away a few more copies, so please keep reading. Meanwhile, the second TuboTax Deluxe Online giveaway is still going on if you want to try your luck there. Read more →

Frank! His name came up first at from the 50 folks who entered our first giveaway of TurboTax Deluxe Online. But all you 49 others, hang in there! As I mentioned in announcing the first drawing last week, Intuit sent me three prepaid cards. Each which will allow you access to the company's TurboTax Deluxe Online 2008 filing software. You 49 folks who took time to comment on that last post are automatically entered in this second drawing. But if you didn't enter then, you can enter now by simply leaving a comment at this post. This second giveaway... Read more →

Have you been putting off doing your taxes because you haven't gotten around to getting software yet? Wait no more! The folks at Intuit have sent me three prepaid cards, each which will allow you access to the company's TurboTax Deluxe Online 2008 filing software. The system is much like the boxed program, only you don't have to load the box CD or download anything to your computer. Just sign on to and do your taxes. And with one of these prepaid cards,when you get to the "review fees" screen, you type in the card's code. The code will... Read more →

Have you been champing at the bit to get your tax return into Uncle Sam electronically? Well today is your lucky day. This morning the IRS began accepting e-filed returns. This includes 1040s that you do on your computer using tax software, as well as online tax preparation and filing options offered by various companies. And if your adjusted gross income last year was $56,000 or less, you also now can use Free File. This is the partnership between the IRS and tax software companies to help folks complete their taxes and e-file them at no cost. Once at the... Read more →

A $5,000 cure for your holiday spending hangover

You might have read my earlier posts on the financial management site Mint (here and here). While I don't personally use it (yet), I do find a lot of info on the site very helpful. And if you blew your gift-giving budget in December, you might find Mint's newest feature especially useful. Its Holiday Spending Hangover Cure contest begins today. All you've got to do is tell Mint your holiday overspending tale of woe via video or the written word. If they like it, you'll win up to $5,000 to pay your Christmas-related bills. And to keep you from making... Read more →