Free Turbo Tax Software!
March 15, 2011
Free TurboTax Premier Giveaway
Thanks to the team at Intuit, I’m giving away free access to TurboTax Premier to six of you! We covered using the software to file your income tax return earlier this year in the TurboTax review so I figured it would make sense to give some of you a chance to try the tax software for free.
Actually, if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll recall that I’ve written before about how anyone can get a free trial of TurboTax. There’s no charge to go through the process of entering all your information in the online edition, you only pay when you go to file.
The winners of this giveaway will get a special TurboTax coupon code that you’ll enter when reviewing your tax return that will waive your fees. The promo code is good for TurboTax Premier Online 2010 – one federal & state preparation with e-file.
Why I Like TurboTax
There’s a guy at my office who’s about to retire who’s been doing his taxes by hand for decades. Every year during tax season he takes vacation days for part or even all of a week to prepare his tax return. It’s become kind of joke that whenever he’s out for a few days he must be working on his taxes.
Of course his are a little more complex than average because he has things like rental properties and a side business. Regardless, I don’t think many of us would want to use up a whole week, or even a day, of vacation time to work on taxes.
I’m busy enough now that I actually use my old college roommate, turned tax attorney, to prepare my taxes for me. But for years prior to that I always used TurboTax to do the tax prep, then I printed out my return and mailed it in. The years I probably appreciated it the most were the ones when I put my taxes off until the last minute.
There were some late nights when I was really glad to have the software walking me through it so I could get it finished and mailed in the next day. What always seemed to get me was a form I couldn’t find. I knew it was filed somewhere in my office but didn’t want to go through my whole desk again at 2 AM.
So don’t wait until the last minute to file your taxes. Even if you can’t sit down and do them all at once, at least spend a few minutes on them each night so you’re not scrambling the night before the tax deadline.
Last year I had some conversations with Bob Meighan at Intuit about TurboTax vs manually filing a tax return. Turns out about 15% of people that use TurboTax use the Free 1040 EZ edition. If you qualify for free filing, you’re welcome to try and win the Premier edition but it’s definitely more than you need.
I also learned that around 60% of their customers use TurboTax Deluxe; which doesn’t have some of the investment (cost basis tracking, retirement contributions, stock sales) and rental property (real estate depreciation, landlord deductions, loan fees) features in TurboTax Premier. Of course, if you only need the Deluxe version, the Premier edition will work for you so feel free to enter to win.
Win TurboTax Premier
So how can you get your hands on TurboTax Premier? Well you don’t actually have to worry about messing around with the mail because the versions up for grabs can be accessed via TurboTax online. As I mentioned above, the winners will receive a Turbo Tax code that gives you one free federal, free state, and free e-file with the Premier edition.
I ran this same giveaway last year with fewer copies and it was really popular so I’m pretty excited to offer it again. I imagine some of you have already finished your taxes but if you haven’t then certainly give this a shot.
How to Enter
The rules are simple, all you have to do is signup for my free email newsletter to win. I’ll randomly select 6 people as winners and notify you via email. If I don’t hear back from you in 3 days after emailing, or you no longer need it, I’ll randomly select an alternate winner. I’m afraid I also have to limit it to residents of the United States.
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