|By Business Wire||
|January 3, 2013 04:01 PM EST||
Americans work hard for their money. From teachers to construction workers, firefighters to servicemen and women, TurboTax®, the nation’s No.1 rated best-selling tax software from Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) gave more than 25 million Americans last year the power to get more of it back.
TurboTax guides taxpayers through a personalized experience to help them find every tax deduction and credit they deserve – whether a soldier’s deployment pay, a student’s loan interest or a teacher’s crayons – so they know they’re keeping all of their hard-earned money.
In addition, highly qualified TurboTax tax experts are available year-round for free so that taxpayers can get answers to their questions, even before starting their returns. And only TurboTax lets taxpayers talk to certified public accountants, Internal Revenue Service enrolled agents or tax attorneys as often as they like while they’re preparing their tax return, free.
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This year, TurboTax seamlessly combines the power of technology with the expertise of credentialed tax experts to deliver a customized experience, no matter the person’s job, family or life situation.
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- MyTurboTax: New for TurboTax Online customers, MyTurboTax delivers a personalized experience for each customer to check e-file and refund status, view orders, access prior year returns, and manage their account settings, including SMS text notifications for their e-file status. MyTurboTax is mobile and tablet optimized so everything is available on-the-go, anytime, all in one place.
Keep More of Your Hard-Earned Money
Up to date with the latest tax forms, TurboTax guides taxpayers through the deductions and credits that are most relevant for them so they get their biggest possible tax refund, guaranteed. A teacher’s classroom supplies could be worth up to a $250 tax deduction. A student's books and tuition could be worth an education tax credit up to $2,500 and a working mother with two children can claim the earned income tax credit, which may put an additional $5,236 in her pocket.
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“We know people work hard for their paychecks and we believe they should have the power to keep as much of it as possible,” said Dan Maurer, general manager of TurboTax. “TurboTax 2012 gives customers a more personalized experience and access to our tax experts so they can be confident we’re by their side, every step of the way.”
File on Smartphone or iPad
Whether taxpayers want to estimate their taxes, prepare and e-file their return, or track their tax refund, TurboTax has a mobile app for that.
TurboTax SnapTax, the first mobile tax preparation app, is available to even more people this year. In addition to 1040EZ filers, now taxpayers with dependents and those claiming the earned income tax credit, can also snap a photo of their W-2, answer a few simple questions, and e-file within minutes from their smartphone.
Anyone can use SnapTax to start their taxes for free by snapping a picture of their W-2, and then with a click, securely transfer that information to TurboTax Online. In addition, those who e-file their tax return can track the status of their federal refund with MyTaxRefund, a free app available for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices.
Starting in mid-January, taxpayers can also conveniently prepare and e-file their taxes from their iPad and download TurboTax for the Mac from the Apple App Store.
Pricing and Availability
TurboTax Online pricing starts at free for simple federal tax returns. TurboTax Online federal and state products include e-filing at no additional cost and are available at http://www.TurboTax.com.
TurboTax 2012 desktop products start at $29.99, include preparation and e-filing for up to five federal returns, and are available at retail stores and direct from TurboTax.
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