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I last year, I had a lot of trouble doing my taxes. In fact, I don’t think I actually received my entire refund. Since then, I kept thinking about other calculations my tax person could have added to increase my refund. It still bothers me.
Hence why in 2017, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I attended TurboTax’s Paraiso Financiero event here in Los Angeles with spokesperson Orlando Montiel. His advice regarding building a healthy path to financial freedom was very helpful.
I was intrigued about the possibility of doing my taxes on my own and wanted to learn how to use the TurboTax app. It turned out to be an easy breeze. These are the tips I learned at the event.
Key Tips To Do Your Taxes On Your Own
1. Download the TurboTax App
If you love technology as much as I do, you are empowered enough to use this app, answer a few questions and do your taxes on your own. The good news is that if you have a 1040 or a 1040EZ, TurboTax’s Absolute Zero allows you to file your taxes for free! $0 state, $0 federal and $0 filing fee.
In fact, there are 60 million people in this country that could do their taxes for free using Absolute Zero. In 2016, 10 million people took advantage of Absolute Zero and paid $0 to file their refund. How cool is that?
So, what are you waiting for? Use your phone or your laptop to download the TuboTax app right now.
2. Snap Photos of Your W2s
Let’s be honest. We spend a great part of our day taking photos. Well, you can now snap photos of your W2s and 1099s with your phone or tablet, verify the data and see how the app autofills your info in no time!
3. Answer Easy Breeze Questions
As I kept swiping my phone, I realized that the questions TurboTax was asking were really simple. You do not need to be a financial expert to do your taxes on your own. Once you download the app, you will be reading a list of questions you already have the answers to: “Are you single or married?” “Do you have children?” “Do you own a home?” Come on! How hard is this?
4. Experts on Demand
I got stuck on a question because I read the number on my form incorrectly. However, lucky me, with TurboTax’s SmartLook, I was able to connect – on the spot – with an enrolled agent via video and ask questions. This is a free service. I shared my screen with the agent and she answered my question quickly. TurboTax connects us with bilingual experts including credentialed CPAs and enrolled agents. Yee-Ha!
5. Maximum Refund Guaranteed
Now, here’s the thing. For my 2017, I will make sure that I use every single deduction I can access because I want a big, fat, refund. TurboTax checks for over 350 tax deductions. I don’t know about you, but I feel more confident and empowered knowing that I can actually see and double-check every single deduction. Check out this video I shot at the TurboTax Fiesta where agents helped people with their taxes.
My friends, you have the power to be in control of your money. Take charge of your personal finances and create a path for financial freedom. You are smart and confident. Filing your taxes on your own is the first step to achieving financial security.
Check out TurboTax’s blog and read questions people like you or me have HERE.
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