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Friday, February 22, 2013

How to File Your Taxes for FREE! Complete List of FREE File Companies and Forms.



2012 tax info is here! 

The following information comes from the government's irs site and can be found by Clicking HERE.

1.Get Ready
  • Gather your tax information.
    You need a copy of last year's tax returnand your W-2s, 1099s, etc.
  • Determine your AGI.
    Check your last year's tax return for a quick estimate of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Did you know that approximately 70% of all taxpayers have an AGI of $57,000 or less?
  • Review the Free File FAQs.
    Read the Free File FAQs and Free File Fillable Forms FAQs for more information about the program.
2.Choose a Free File Option
--OR--
  • Use Free File Fillable Forms.
    Everyone is eligible to use Free File Fillable Forms, which are online versions of our paper forms designed for people comfortable preparing their own taxreturns. This option does not offer statetax returns and performs only basic calculations.
3.e-file Your Return for Free!



Before you begin...
  • Free File companies have their own eligibility criteria, but none offer Free File to taxpayers with an Adjusted Gross Income of more than $57,000.
  • Other eligibility criteria may include your: age, state, eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit, and military status.
  • Check the company's website for details because the companies' offers may differ. For example, some companies charge a fee for state taxreturns and some may not support a particular form you need to file.
  • Remember to begin your Free File return at IRS.gov or you may be charged a fee or asked to buy additional products and services.
  • If, after browsing the list of companies, you need help go to Help Me Find a Free File Company.
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  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
  • Age: 52 or younger, and
  • Live in any state or U.S. Citizens and resident aliens with foreign addresses
  • Adjusted Gross Income: $51,000 or less, and
  • Age: between 18 and 57, and
  • Live in any state or U.S. Citizens and resident aliens with foreign addresses
  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
  • Age: 60 or younger, and
  • Live in any state, except: AK, FL, NH, SD, TN, TX, WA, and WY
  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
  • Live in any of these states: AL, AZ, AR, CA, GA, ID, IN, IA, KY, MI, MN, MS, MO, NY, NC, ND, OK, OR, RI, SC, VT, VA and WV OR
  • Age 65 or younger, and
  • Live in any of these states: CO, CT, DE, DC, HI, IL, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MT, NE, NJ, NM, OH, PA, UT and WI
  • U.S. Citizens and resident aliens with foreign addresses
  • Adjusted Gross Income: between $5,000 and $57,000, and
  • Live in any state except: AK, FL, NV, NH, SD, TN, TX, WA and WY
  • Adjusted Gross Income: $30,000 or less, and
  • Live in any state or U.S. Citizens and resident aliens with foreign addresses
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  • Adjusted Gross Income: between $4,000 and $57,000, and
  • Live in any state, except: AK, DC, FL, NV, NH, SD, TN, TX, WA and WY
  • Adjusted Gross Income: between $9,000 and $57,000, and
  • Age: between 16 and 69 and
  • Live in any state or U.S. Citizens and resident aliens with foreign addresses
  • Adjusted Gross Income: $31,000 or less, or
  • $57,000 or less, and Active military or
  • Eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, and
  • Live in any state or U.S. Citizens and resident aliens with foreign addresses
  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
  • Live in any of these states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, GA, IL, LA, MA, MD, MI, MS, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, VA, and WI
  • Adjusted Gross Income: between $12,050 and $57,000, and
  • Live in any state or U.S. Citizens and resident aliens with foreign addresses
  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
  • Age: 52 or younger, and
  • Live in any state or U.S. Citizens and resident aliens with foreign addresses
  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
  • Age: 52 or younger, and
  • Live in any state
  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
  • Age: 71 or younger, and
  • Live in any state, except: FL, NV, NH, SD, TN, TX and WA
  • Adjusted Gross Income: $57,000 or less, and
  • Age: between 23 and 65, and
  • Live in any state


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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Clearanced Valentine's Items Make Great Operation Christmas Child Items!!!!! Learn how to get a LOT for very little $Money!


Now that Valentine's day is over, stores will be marking their Valentine's Day items down by 50-90% OFF!!!!
This will give you an opportunity to stock up for next Valentine's saving you money to use elsewhere.
I also like to start my Operation Christmas Child Boxes stockpile. 
The best items to look for are:

  • non-chocolate hard candies such as lollipops, jolly ranchers, sweet tarts, etc.  
  • Stuffed Animals (smaller ones work better for OCC boxes to allow for other items in the box, but bigger ones can go to Toys for Tots) 
  • Baby dolls
  • Toys (keep in mind no war related or weapon toys for OCC)
  • Bubbles (for your own use. Not allowed for OCC)
  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • Stickers
  • Cups
  • Valentines for your own use next year
  • Play jewelry
  • Match Box cars
  • Arts and craft items
  • Coloring Books
  • School supplies
  • Toiletry items such as tooth brushes, tooth paste, combs, etc.

Basically anything that won't go bad in a year(if for you) or about 7-8 months (for OCC).

Here's where to look:

  • Walgreens
  • Right Aid
  • CVS
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Kmart
  • Meijer
  • Your local grocery store

Keep in mind the longer you wait, the bigger the discount!!! Most start out at 50% off and within a couple days it will be 75% off. Wait just a tad more and it will be 90% off!!!! If their isn't much stock, you should grab it if you want, however if they have a TON, it should be safe to wait a couple days to see if the discount goes up.

Happy Shopping. Let me know if you find some awesome deals!

To learn more about Operation Christmas Child CLICK HERE. 
Image comes from Oriental Trading, a great source of clearance items!


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