Healthcare & Intuit TurboTax

To know the ropes of TurboTax Health care and understand the highlighters of Affordable Care Act, turn your glances towards Intuit Inc. to get apprised of the facts. In addition to Health Care, you can File taxes online 2013 with the assistance of nation’s No. 1 rated online tax preparation services, Intuit Inc.

TurboTax(R) has been at your services for over 20 years, and has helped countless Americans decode the know-how of taxing processes. And, with the innovative launch of TurboTax Health, it has widened its spectrum and has taken up the initiative to educate the uninsured Americans how they can be a beneficiary of the Affordable Care Act, as per their requirements.

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Feel free to logon to www.TurboTaxHealth.com, and check out the new free online tool TurboTax Health. It provides you with the insight into ACA, and how you can make the most of it through an interview-like experience, synonymous with the popular TurboTax software.

Making health care choices can be brain-rattlers, for people may not be sure if they are barking the right tree. Hence, this is where TurboTax Health steps in, and in three easy to-understand steps familiarizes you with Affordable Care Guide. You learn about the health care options you have to make the right decision. Answering to few questions simplifies thing for you, including:

  • · Do you qualify for a tax subsidy? And the estimated amount that would help you to get health insurance at a discount.
  • · Know the estimate of how much you have to pay for your health insurance.
  • · You come to know about the tax penalties in-case you opt not to go for health insurance.

For the ones opting to buy health insurance, TurboTax Health simplifies things for you, as it gets you connected to your state or federal health insurance sellers, or to eHealth, a leading private health insurance site.

Intuit Inc. has helped Americans to decode the complexity of taxation procedures and educated the masses with layman’s terms on the latest tax laws and legislation, and this process they have carried forward with health care.

People with health care queries can get their answers from TurboTax Health, which has created a unique social community of tax professionals and, personal experiences of peers. With the help of AnswerXchange community, people are breathe easy has they can get step-by-step guidance and be more confident on taking their own decision for their health care needs.

With Intuit you are in safe hands, as it has made impression with revenue of $4.2 billion in its fiscal year 2013.

The IRS is Making Immense High-Tech Strides

Electronic Filing Services Are Taxpayers’ First Choice!

This tax season, the IRS has devised a plethora of useful virtual features to facilitate the taxpaying process greatly.  Tara Lynn Wagner of NY1 reports as follows:

“Once again, it’s that time of year when people’s thoughts turn toward taxes. The good news is that help has arrived for all those persistent procrastinators, however.

In 2012, taxes will not be officially overdue until after April 17 – two days later than the traditional filing deadline. This is per IRS spokeswoman Dianne Besunder.

Ms. Besunder further advised that prompt filing yields correspondingly faster refund receipt – especially for electronic filers.  According to Besunder, a whopping 79 percent of US taxpayers filed via electronic means last tax season.

Using electronic filing services also offers taxpayers the advantage of enhanced accuracy in addition to much speedier returns. Besunder stated that overall error incidence of e-filed returns is only one percent – as opposed to traditional paper-based filings’ cumulative inaccuracies of 20 percent.

The best news is that  taxpayers whose gross annual income falls below $57,000 may utilize IRS electronic filing software for free. Registration via the official IRS website at IRS.gov is the only requirement.

Virtual Service (“VS”) is an innovative IRS pilot program that is currently in the beta testing phase. VS permits taxpayers to talk with IRS reps via video conferencing from 10 major IRS locations throughout the US.

For further details about VS, various IRS YouTube videos, and social media networking resources, call 1-800-829-1040 or visit IRS.gov.

Should they Abandon the Alternative Minimum Tax?

The AMT or Alternative Minimum Tax is that rare thing – a part of the tax code that most people agree on irrespective of their ideological or political leanings. It was originally established in order to make certain that the richest citizens in the US were going to be made to pay their own fair share of the national tax revenues, but most people now think that it is unfair it has not been adjusted along with inflation which in effect means that an ever growing percentage of not quite as wealthy Americans are falling within its remit and finding themselves the recipients of bigger tax bills.

In recent negotiations on the debt ceiling, one of the considerations under discussion was that Congress remove the Alternative Minimum Tax. Whether this was a bargaining chip or a genuine suggestion is uncertain but it does rile many people that a tax that was put in place to place extra tax on the rich has now ended up including 65% of all US taxpayers. How is it fair that 65% of all taxpayers are required to pay an extra tax over and above what the rate charts require? On the other hand, some people might suggest that 65% of all taxpayers are now wealthy and that the gap between rich and poor is growing.

Certainly most people agree that something needs to be done. Whilst the gang of six in Washington managed to avoid handling the thorny issue of the AMT there are calls for action to be taken almost every year and the continuing back and forth debate as well as those regular year on year fixes have gotten to be too much.

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The Benefits Of Filing Your Taxes with FreeTaxUSA

FreeTaxUSA can now support the 42 US states where a state tax return is required.  Additionally it can also support the District of Columbia, Vermont, and Montana.  Taxpayers residing in states that do not require state returns still have the option of filing a 100% free federal return on the FreeTaxUSA website.  Each year, there are been new states added, with this being the first tax season in which all 42 of the states are available. This means that more taxpayers can file their state taxes electronic than in the past with this great online tax product.

There has been no change to fees for preparation of state taxes on FreeTaxUSA.  They remain one of the most economical in tax filing industry.  Services included with a state return are preparation of forms and e-filing directly to the department of revenue for that state.  Unlike many other companies, FreeTaxUSA clearly posts preparation fees on their homepage.  They also have no hidden fees, or upgrades that are mandatory.  The price listed on the homepage, is the same price the customer will pay.

In order to save time, the necessary information is imported from the customer’s federal income tax return to their state one.  This enables much of the state forms to be filled in automatically.  This reduces the amount of possible errors as compared to a return that has been handwritten.  Once the state portion is completed, all applicable forms preparation will be complete and the return will be ready to be e-filed.  Customer are offered free support in case there are questions or problems.

FreeTaxUSA and The Amended Tax Return

As the April deadline approaches and you have already sent your tax return in the mail to the IRS or you have completed a return on the computer, the only way to change the tax return is to file an amended tax return. If you have filed with FreeTaxUSA, you can sign in with your account and correct the return.

The Internal Revenue Service does not let you do an e-file amended return.  Your only choice is to prepare and send back the amended return.

If you completed your original tax return through another source besides FreeTaxUSA, you can go to the website for the IRS and use form 1040X to manually do an amended return. If you would like to use FreeTaxUSA, just enter all of your tax information.

It is recommended that a person not amend their tax return until they have received their refund or paid their taxes.  Often times, the IRS will automatically correct any errors, in which case, you do not need to amend anything.  The IRS sends a notice as to the adjustments that were made or asks for more documentation.

Tax forms can be tricky at times.  With the misplacement or miscalculation of one number throwing many things off.  When this occurs you must make every effort to correct the mistake through an amended tax returnSoftware from FreeTaxUSA makes this process as well as your initial tax filing easy.  Tax returns do not have to cause headaches.  Careful preparation is key.