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Tax season is right around the corner so I wanted to share with you how easy it is as a self-employed individual to file taxes using TurboTax. When I became a blogger 5 years ago I knew I would have to file taxes and to be honest I was very overwhelmed because I didn’t know anything about the process. I’ve never filed taxes as “self-employed” because I was never self-employed. I had so many questions like, how am I suppose to file, what are the things I can write off and how the heck and I suppose to track all of that? Read more about my journey below.
WHY TURBO TAX
We have always used TurboTax in our home because it has been the easiest and most convenient for us. TurboTax is VERY user friendly with their step-by-step process. I love how they break down each section and page. This helps me stay on track by minimizing any confusion. If you make a mistake on a previous page, it’s easy to go back and fix and if you accidentally exit out, everything will save automatically. After my blogging business took off I knew that TurboTax’s Self Employed Tool was the way to go to file.
If you’re a small business owner like myself you should definitely check out TurboTax Self-Employed. I personally have found this to be the best tool for myself as a blogger. I am constantly making purchases for my blog whether it clothes, beauty products, web domain / support, ads, business meeting receipts, gas & mileages and the list goes on and on. Before I knew about TurboTax’s Self-Employed, I was always disorganized and spending hours shuffling through receipts! Who has time for that? TurboTax Self-Employed allows you to track your expenses and tax deductions to ensure you receive the highest return without all of the paper trail nightmare. Their Expense Finder tool will scan your bank account and credit cards to identify business expenses which can eliminate sorting through receipts. You can also use their Expense Estimator that will estimate your potential tax-savings.
Another awesome feature TurboTax Self-Employed offers is their SmartLook feature. This feature allows you to talk to REAL PERSON! What is more frustrating than to sort through hundreds of forums and threads trying to find the answer. TurboTax’s SmartLook gives you the option to have a REAL PERSON to give you a call back, schedule a call or post a question to their message board. You’re not left hanging clueless on your own.
Lastly I want to talk about the Quickbooks Self-Employed tool. You can add your bank account and paypal to Quickbooks Self-Employed and it will automatically import your transactions, track your mileage and help maximize deductions. You can also download their phone app to help you sort out business and personal expenses to keep you organized. A new feature that’s just been added is the ability to snap a pic of your receipts to keep on record #paperless.
I have been using TurboTax for the last couple of years and it has been a life saver. A simple and efficient tool to use. If you’re a small business owner, don’t get stressed out this tax season– instead Download TurboTax’s Self-Employed and let them do all the work for you.
Have any of you used TurboTax’s Self Employed? If so, please let me know your thoughts below!
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