I was originally planning hire a professional to do our taxes this year, instead of using TurboTax like I normally do every other year. I thought that we would get more money back (yes, we get tax refunds) having a pro do them.
But I didn’t look for a good tax person soon enough, because I’m so awesome at procrastinating. So I figured I would give TurboTax another go and see what the numbers looked like this year and go from there.
Well, the numbers looked pretty darn good to me and I didn’t think paying a professional a couple hundred of dollars would make that much of a difference. So I filed our taxes with TurboTax again. I’ve always been happy with them, so why should I change things?
Right before I paid to file, I checked around to see what sort of coupons and cash back I could find. Why pay more money than you have to, and why not get some cash back to boot?
So here’s what I found:
If you go through Shop at Home, you can get 16% cash back on the purchase of filing your taxes online with TurboTax. The 16% cash back won’t last forever though, it is a limited time offer that can expire anytime.
Plus, Shop at Home also has on online coupon to give you 10% off your federal return purchase. This coupon says that it is good until the end of April, so you should have plenty of time for this.
Breakdown for our taxes:
Federal Return: $29.99 - 10% = $26.99 + $2.56 cash back = $24.43
State Return: $36.99 (no discount for state) - $3.51 cash back = $33.48
Total: $63.98 + $6.07 cash back = $57.91 (savings of $9.07)
Yeah, so maybe it was only 9 bucks that we saved. But you know what, it took me like 10 seconds to click through Shop at Home and save that 9 bucks (after I found out about the coupon and cash back).
Also, all these little amounts add up. Maybe somebody making $100k or more a year doesn’t think the effort (which is little more than a click) is worth 9 bucks—but I do.
Getting a tax refund at the end of the year can be either bad or good, depending on how you look at it and utilize it. Despite the good, bad and the ugly of tax refunds, we’re still loving them.
How do you save money when filing your taxes?
Do you earn cash back for your taxes too?