Monday is FUN day. That’s right, your taxes are due. It appears we got a few extra days this year, as a meaningful but not widely known federal holiday called Emancipation Day has bumped the traditional April 15 deadline to Monday, April 18.
As usual, many retailers across this land of R’s are offering fun little freebies and BOGOs to make Tax Day a little more bearable. A free coffee here, a scoop of ice cream there… it all helps!
So here’s a brief rundown of some of the treats you will enjoy this Friday and beyond, followed by some links for further information.
Tax Day Freebies 2016:
Some participating retailers…
- AMC Theatres
- Bruegger’s Bagels
- Boston Market
- Great American Cookies
- Hard Rock Café
- McCormick & Schmick’s
- Maggie Moo’s
- Office Depot
- Panada Express
- P.F. Chang’s
- Planet Fitness
- Seattle’s Best Coffee
- White Castle
And many, many more! So, enjoy your freebies. The April 15-April 18 thing has created a few wrinkles though. Some deals are good for Monday, some are good today and Monday, some are good all weekend. So be sure to call ahead!
Here are some links:
Does it seem like the Do-It-Yourself tax preparation folks are especially aggressive this year? The commercials seem to have changed their tone, from “it’s not that hard, you could probably do it yourself…” to “NOBODY knows your situation better than YOU do, so do it YOURSELF, stupid!!”
So, you may be thinking about DIY tax prep this year and, if so, you probably have some questions. Bankrate.com ALSO has questions that will help you decide whether to DIY or hire a pro.
If you are considering DIY:
- Do you know your tax situation – filing status, available tax credits and deductions, changing tax laws that affect you, etc.?
- If you have questions or get stuck, will you know where to get answers?
- Are you confident that you have kept good records throughout the year?
- Are you really private and picky about who sees your financial and personal info?
Why you might consider hiring a pro:
- The whole tax thing freaks you out.
- You don’t have (or don’t think you have) the time to spend on the preparing your return.
- You’ve had a major change in your life (kids, job, bought property, moved out of state, etc.) that’s going to complicate the process this year.
- You think a pro will be able to “get you more money back,” which will cover his costs.
Answer these questions honestly, and it should help you make the right choice. Then, read the rest of this article to find out how to proceed, whichever path you choose. Either way, you want to get it right!
So, which have you done in the past? Are you more comfortable one way or the other? Did you go one way, and then switch? Let us know over at the MindField Online Facebook page!