Last Minute Tax Deals

The deadline to file your tax, April 15th, is less two weeks away. It’s time to get the work done.

I got my TurboTax software and all the files/documents I needed and started our taxes in early February, but haven’t touched them in more than a month after I found out that, like the past couple of years, we will again owe a large amount of taxes. So there’s no motivation for me to finish it early. So I will probably do what I usually do: wait till April 15 to send out my returns by mail.

Have you filed your 2008 taxes? If not, here’s some information on where to shop for the tax software at the last minute or get answers for your tax questions.

Where to Buy Tax Software

In case you still haven’t gotten your tax software yet, there are a few places you can buy either TurboTax or TaxCut, though the deals that let you get the software for free or at a very low priceĀ  after rebates are probably gone.

  • Staples: At Staples.com, you can buy TurboTax Deluxe w/State & E-File 2008 for $59.99 and get 6 computer/internet security software for free; or buy H&R Block Taxcut Premium + State & E-File 2008 for $49.99 and get 6 security software free after rebates.
  • Buy.com: TaxCut 2008 Premium Federal +State + E-file for $39.99 and Intuit TurboTax 2008 Deluxe for $56.99. Both shipped for free.
  • Newegg.com: TurboTax Deluxe Federal + State + E-File 2008 for $39.95 and H&R Block TaxCut 2008 Premium Federal + State + e-file for $49.99 with free shipping.
  • Walmart.com: TurboTax Deluxe Federal + State + Federal E-File 2008 for $49.88 and H&R Block TaxCut 2008 Premium Federal + State + E-file for $49.99.
  • Amazon.com: TurboTax Deluxe Federal + State + E-File for $41.99 and TaxCut 2008 Federal+State+Efile for $35.99. Both are download versions, so you can get them right away.
  • Costco.com: TurboTax Deluxe 2008 Federal + State + E-File for $36.99.
  • H&R Block and Intuit: Premium Federal + State + E-file for $49.95 or TurboTax Online Deluxe Federal + State for $89.90.

Where to Find Tax Advices

I found that the best places to get free tips and advices on taxes is, of course, IRS.gov. At IRS.gov, you can find daily tips for most issues you will have with taxes as well as latest information on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. IRS also developed different “What if” scenarios for people facing difficult times financially. If you adjusted gross income in 2008 is $56,000 or less, you can even file your federal return for free with IRS Free File. IRS has reported that visitors to the website has increased 24% this year compared to a year ago. So be sure you check it out.

In addition, there are some other information you probably can use as well:

  • Check out 2008 tax law changes to understand what and how these changes will affect your taxes;
  • Before filing your taxes, go through the tax preparation checklist;
  • If you haven’t received your tax rebates yet, then seeĀ  how to claim recovery rebate credit on 2008 tax return;
  • And don’t forget the 11 most overlooked tax deductions.

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