Great Tax Day Deals On Food And Drinks

Great Tax Day Deals

Great Tax Day Deals

Are you receiving some of the $330 billion in tax refunds being sent by the Internal Revenue Service this tax season? Restaurants all over the country are trying to grab their share of your windfall by offering mouth-watering deals. Take a look at some of the best Tax Day Deals you can take advantage of on April 18.

Boston Market marks its half-chicken meal down from the regular $11.77 price to $10.40 in tribute to the infamous tax form. If you’re in the mood for steak instead, head to Outback Steakhouse’s website to print a free coupon good for 15 percent off your tab on April 18. If you stop at Outback on an impulse, don’t worry — you can access this coupon from the Outback mobile app too.

If discount drinks are more your style, head to the restaurant at the Trump National Doral resort in Miami or to BLT Prime in Charlotte, New York, or Washington, D.C. These establishments are offering half-price beverages on April 18.

Stop at Schlotzky’s for lunch. This tax day deal nets you a small sandwich for free when you purchase a 32-ounce drink and chips. For an extra bonus, upload a picture of your free sandwich to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TaxDayBites for a chance to win a prize.

Finally, you can find cheap burgers to celebrate tax day. At Hard Rock Cafe locations, participate in karaoke outside of the restaurant to get a Legendary Burger, a $17.95 value, for free. Participants must be 18 or older. At Sonic Drive-In, you can get a single-patty cheeseburger for half off the regular price. Some Ohio McDonald’s locations are also offering tax day deals: In Cincinnati and Dayton, buy a Quarter Pounder or Big Mac and get a second for just 18 cents. In Toledo, this deal is available for Quarter Pounders only.

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Merkle’s 2016 Digital Bowl Report Gave TurboTax Superbowl Ad First Place

The marketing agency Merkle (www.merkleinc.com), that specialize in technology-enabled, data-driven performance, annually release their Digital Bowl Report. This is a report evaluating the digital marketing efforts of Super Bowl advertisers. In the year 2016, the TurboTax Superbowl Ad took first place, while Avocados from Mexico took second. Factors taken into consideration include SEO, paid searches, email marketing, digital media, and social media.

The Digital Bowl report does quantitative comparisons on how companies use these factors to support their Super Bowl investments. TurboTax came second for social media, SEO and digital media this year, granting them first place. Their high SEO score was from their mobile optimized homepage, which placed them high in the rankings for “Super Bowl” and “Big Game” searches, and microdata that caused 4.7 star rating for TurboTax’s Federal Free Edition to appear in product search results. For social media, TurboTax’s concise and clear message scored high. TurboTax’s high rating for their digital media campaign included Super Bowl-related searches yielding companion banners, multiple versions of advertisement videos running preroll on YouTube ads, and tracking pixels that build retargeting lists.

The content analyzed included social media, SEO, digital media advertising, paid search marketing, and email marketing. The brands were judged on their rate of conversation, their engagement of users, and the content created through social media outlets. The more agile and creative brands were with their responses to users, and their real-time marketing campaigns, the higher brands scored. Mobile optimization, landing page optimization, and how easily landing pages were discovered constituted the SEO grading. Digital Media was ranked based on real-time advertisement purchases during the game, and brands use of teaser videos. The paid search score was calculated by looking at relevant keyword targeting, email outreach, ad copy, and relevant landing page experiences. The last score was totaled by looking at how effectively the different brands used direct lines to email marketing’s preexisting customers.

The winner of the Digital Bowl was the company that best utilized digital media to amplify their Super Bowl investment. The television air time is a huge advantage as an awareness opportunity, and a prestigious marketing chance. This year saw a huge change in the social media grading category as advertisers with clearest messages, and inclusive campaigns, won the social media category.

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Some Tips On Doing Your Own Taxes

Trying to do your own taxes may appear daunting, in a lot of cases however it is really not that difficult. In order to be successful with it though, you will need an accurate record of your expenses and incomes, and will also need to become familiar with the available tax codes. If you have questions for a tax professional on this topic just ask your question ateHow.com.

Instructions

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You should generally stay organize and keep a record of your incomes and expenses throughout the entire year. You will need a dedicated binder or file system to keep your tax related files/documents together.

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You should know the type of deductions you can make from your total income. You will need to itemize your deductions or take a standard deduction. Using some calculations or a tax software can help you to determine which is better for you. If your medical costs are low, and you are not paying a lot of mortgage interests or taxes on real estate, it may be better for you to take a standard deduction with your filings.

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You will also need to become familiar with the tax forms. A lot of households will generally file the Form 1040. You can provide the details of your incomes online or may fill them in on the W-2s tax forms. If you had earned over $400 in self-employed incomes through freelancing etc, you will need to fill the Schedule C and SE forms and will need to deduct any business related expense against your self-employed income.

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You should make use of some tax file and software online for accuracy and simplicity. You can make use of free software like TaxAct, TurboTax etc. Some banks (USAA etc) may provide some eFile services for free too.

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You may key in your deductions, income, personal information and tax credits into a tax software/application or you can fill them in on some paper tax forms. You will need to include your W2 forms with your paper forms, or you can fill in your information when you are filing or generally doing your own taxes.

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You can file your tax returns and then provide your bank details for direct withdrawal/deposit or could mail in your check. When you file your tax on the web, you should get an email acknowledgement, returns that you mailed will generally not get an acknowledgement however. If you get a refund or your payment is withdrawn from your specified bank account, you will then know that you have done what you should do right.

Tips And Warnings

For taxes that are complicated and other issues you should contact an accountant.

You should also avoid getting any red flags with your tax filings (some tax software can alert you on this), in order to reduce the likelihood of your refund being audited by the IRS.

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What Not To Do On Your Taxes According to Experts

Being careful is import when completing your taxes and this year should make you a little bit nervous if you are preparing your taxes yourself. Even professionals are making a lot of mistakes according to the Government Accountability Office.

In a study done in 2014, 10% of preparers did not calculate a normal tax return correctly. The final error rates for tax preparation according to the study was 50% for self-prepared returns and 60% for professionally prepared returns. Of course, the professionals more than likely handle the tough returns. Still, those are alarming numbers.

Some errors are obvious mistakes while others are harder to deduct, keep these difficult areas in mind this tax season: foreign investments, charitable giving, real estate taxes, gambling winnings, and state refunds.

Seal of the General Accounting Office, from 19...

Seal of the General Accounting Office, from 1921 until being renamed in 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have foreign investment accounts or savings accounts, make sure to report them to the IRS. If the IRS is able to discover the account later, you can face a penalty up to $10,000.

When making contributions to charity, keep a record so you can prove that you gave to a qualified charity. And when purchasing an item for a charity event, you can only deduct the portion above the value you are receiving.

Real Estate taxes can be a trick if you just purchased the home as some are paid on the closing statement. And an office in the home is a great deduction, but make sure not to claim more space than the office occupies.

If you have gambling winnings during the year, offset those winnings with loses you experienced and documented. You can’t take a lose of gambling, but limiting the amount of your winnings that is taxable is really nice.

Finally state refunds. State refunds on tax return filings are taxable the next year as income on the federal return. Yet federal tax refunds are not taxable, you get to keep the full amount of those funds.

 

 

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File Early With Free TurboTax Online

It definitely pays to file your taxes early, and according to the IRS about 14 million tax returns had been filed by the end of January, with just over 90 percent of thee filed electronically. These six reasons may help to convince you it’s a good idea to file early using free TurboTax online:

The average refund last year was about $2,800 and almost 75 percent of tax filers received a refund and of course a tax refund can be used for whatever you need it for.

Filing taxes with TurboTax early means that the IRS can send your information to FAFSA in plenty of time and this means that you can potentially receive financial aid for college, depending on your income.

Free TurboTax online is accurate and quick to use, and of course it is guaranteed to give you the most refund and to save you money. Standing in line at your local tax preparation office is a thing of the past with TurboTax and the system’s simple to answer questions will allow the program to search through over 350 credits and tax deductions.

If you file electronically with direct deposit, the IRS expects to issue 90 percent of tax refunds within 21 days, meaning that you can get that much needed tax refund as quickly as possible. You can save up to a couple of months of interest just by paying off debts such as credit cards sooner rather than later.

Many tax procrastinators make simple mistakes on their ta return such as putting down the wrong social security number or not signing their tax return. It is also very easy to rush through your ta return if you are trying to do it at the last possible minute, and filing your tax return ahead of time can avoid these errors and make sure that you take the time to do everything thoroughly and accurately.

TurboTax really can save you time and money and get you the biggest possible tax return as quickly as possible. Using free TurboTax online allows you to have more of your money to spend and to file your return completely and accurately.

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Taxes 2014: What You Should Know To File

The tax filing season starts at the end of Jan. The IRS said that people can start filing their taxes 2014 returns on January 20.

Despite a last minute tax law that was passed by Congress, the tax-filing season will still start on schedule, according to the IRS.

Congress passed a bill that extended more than 50 tax breaks, which were due to expire next year. Under the new law, the breaks will not expire anytime soon, which allows taxpayers to claim them when they go and file their taxes. The law was signed by the president on December 19.

In the past, when tax laws were passed at the last minute, the filing season was delayed. However, that is not the case this time around, according to the IRS Commissioner.

 

The Commissioner said that the agency has reviewed all of the changes and they feel as if there is nothing that can prevent them from updating their systems and testing it out.

Many returns are filed during the first few weeks of the season, and this is mainly due to the fact that taxpayers want their refunds as soon as possible.

The IRS said that most refunds were issued within 21 days, if those returns were electronically filed. In the past, the agency said that filing taxes this way is the quickest way to receive a refund.

Refunds average around $2,800, and taxpayers should use TurboTax to file their tax returns, as they are a reputable service that has helped many taxpayers.

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