Free Tax Answers Until January 31st
We’ve closed the books on 2008, so that means it’s time to start thinking about taxes. Are you someone who likes to get going on filing right away, or do you wait until April? Either way, if you have questions regarding your tax situation, you probably realize that it can be difficult or time consuming to find accurate answers online, or it may cost money to hire an accountant for professional advice.
Luckily, the good folks at Turbo Tax have put together a promotion where you can get your federal tax questions answered personally via phone. The process is simple. All you have to do is go to www.freetaxquestion.com and enter your question and provide a time when you’d like to be contacted. A tax expert will then call you to answer your question. It’s that simple.
While this won’t replace having your own accountant, for many people it can provide a great way to get a quick answer to a question that’s stumping you on your return. How do I claim this deduction? Can I deduct my child’s tuition expenses? Do I qualify for…? and so on. This service usually costs $29.95, but it’s available for free to everyone through January 31, 2009.
I’ve always been more of a TaxCut guy and have been using that the last few years, but I was considering hiring someone this year to do my taxes. But, since I’m fairly comfortable with doing my taxes, I may give this promotion a try to see if I can get a couple basic questions I have answered. It might save me the trouble of getting an accountant.
Their tax advice line is open between 7 am and 7 pm PST. So if it’s too early or too late, just check back to the site during those hours and you’ll be able to submit your question.
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About the Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® and spent a few years working as a financial planner. Today, he helps people make the most of their money by writing about personal finance here and elsewhere on the web. Jeremy is also Coach at Adaptu and a regular contributor for other publications such as Intuit, and American Express. Be sure to follow Jeremy on Twitter or Google+.