Wednesday, February 27, 2008

State Farm + Turbo Tax = Save Money

Wanna save a few of these? Read on.

Have I mentioned that I LOVE doing taxes? During December I run to the mailbox to check for Christmas cards and during January I continue the afternoon sprint to the mailbox to find tax forms. It's thrilling for me. Yes, I know I am a big nerd and I'm completely OK with it. I think it has something to do with me not bringing any income into our family. (Back to the GDP!) But when I do our taxes, it's one time that I feel like I'm actually contributing to the bottom line. Also when I find something valuable around the house to sell on eBay or Craig's list. Oh, but wait, then I usually just horde that money to spend on fun stuff so I don't know if that counts.

Well, this year I have to give a BIG thanks to my friend Megan who informed me that State Farm customers can get Turbo Tax for free this year if you register on-line with State Farm. It was a fairly fast and painless process and it saved me the sixty or more bucks I was going to pay to use Turbo Tax anyway. Score!

If you have State Farm and want to use Turbo Tax free, click here. I had actually already started my return when I heard about this and it still saved all my info and didn't charge me for anything at the end. I think that saved $60 should go straight into the "Andi's fun money fund," don't you?

8 comments:

Natalie said...

Don't feel like a nerd. David loves doing them too. He already filed ours a few weeks ago and we have already got our refund back! Who Hoo! He was anxiously checking the mailbox as well.

rob, jax & max: the harmon squad said...

I HATE taxes!!!!!!! I would much rather pay someone else to do them. Every year we say we're going to do them ourselves, but then break down and let someone else do them. Before we got married I did mine myself, no big deal, but now they're so complicated because of all the stuff we have so I don't even know where to begin. I guess that's why I'm for the Fair Tax! It will change the world for the better.

Sandy said...

We just turned ours in last night - on Turbo Tax. Now I'll be checking the bank account every day until the refund gets here, haha:) We aren't State Farm users, though, so I did have to pay for it - only $30 for us, WY doesn't have state income tax. I think taxes are a pain, but its very satisfying to finish them, know money is coming your way...and be fairly certain that you didn't accidentally do anything illegal to trigger an IRS agent trip to your house:)

Laura said...

I love it! This is good information, and I do think that saved cash would be well-used in "Andi's fun money fund":)!

The Normal Mormon Husband said...

I completely agree that the $60 should go into the "Andi fun money". Have fun with it! You should also get a cut of the $2,490 you saved us by "accidentally" reporting that we have eleven children and that purchasing the mini-van was a "business expense" for your blog. You had better spend it before the Feds catch on....

I'm so glad that you are organized and good at doing things like our taxes. You rock!

Andrew

Megan said...

The $60 is yours... unless of course you want to split it with me! Totally kidding!! Enjoy! :)

andrea said...

Natalie--Maybe that just means that BOTH David and I are nerds. :)

Jackie--Have you ever tried Turbo Tax? It is very user friendly. All you have to do is plug in the numbers. It lets you try before you pay and I had to start using it once we owned a house and didn't just take the standard deduction. I don't know how much you have to pay someone to do your taxes, but it might be worth looking into?

Sandy--I was SOOO checking the accounts every day until we got ours. Woo hoo! We already spent a big chunk of it, too. I'm helping the economy, right?

MIL said...

Thanks for the great tip Andrea! Actually we just got our State tax return today. In the olden days we'd get about $200 back from the State and I'd get Dennis's permission to spend the whole thing on one big grocery shopping where I bought whatever I wanted instead of counting pennies. I loved it. In retrospect I should have invested it in a high-yielding CD....I could take you all on a cruise by now!
Love to you all,
MIL