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nexus

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Best Bonus For Doing Your Taxes Through...?
« on: January 24, 2017, 04:41:21 PM »
I got an email recently from Southwest Airlines saying if I went through their Rapid Rewards Shopping website to access TurboTax, I'd earn 1,000 bonus rewards points. (I'm not even sure what 1,000 southwest points gets you.)

Perhaps this thread can be a space where folks share similar deals they've discovered.

Unless I hear of a better deal, I'll file my taxes through TurboTax using the Southwest and submit my findings here.
It looks like you go >Southwest.com >Log in> Rapid Rewards > Rapid Rewards Shopping (last selection under Program Column > Find the deal on the page

Note: "TurboTax Online Federal Products qualifying for 1,000 bonus Rapid RewardsŪ points are the 2016 online version of TurboTax Federal Free Edition, TurboTax Deluxe, TurboTax Premier, and TurboTax Self-Employed. "

I think the biggest thing is you have to do your taxes start-to-finish once Southwest opens TurboTax.com for you.

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Re: Best Bonus For Doing Your Taxes Through...?
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2017, 05:08:39 PM »
The best part for me is paying taxes (both state and federal) through credit card processors. This has helped me meet minimum spends easily (the 1.8% fee being worth it, after considering the ~1% back in rewards from the card, plus the bonus).

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Re: Best Bonus For Doing Your Taxes Through...?
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2017, 08:05:53 AM »
Hmm... linking TurboTax through TDAmeritrade takes $20 off the price, but you have to link your brokerage account to TT so that it can just pull the tax doc directly from their site. It's actually pretty convenient.

Oh, you also have to buy the Premium TT package (which I think is $60 starting, down to $40) so that you can do Capital Gains tax forms.

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Re: Best Bonus For Doing Your Taxes Through...?
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2017, 10:57:38 AM »
It looks like Fidelity has some deals, and you don't need an account with them (just have to access TT through the Fidelity site).  I'm curious to hear what else people have found though.

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Re: Best Bonus For Doing Your Taxes Through...?
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2017, 11:40:10 AM »
Mint is offering $20 off of Turbo Tax using the link from your account. I'm also curious to hear if there are any better offers out there. I used to always just buy it from Costco.

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Re: Best Bonus For Doing Your Taxes Through...?
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2017, 05:33:09 PM »
I'm using the free TT version (no state tax) so I'm going for the Southwest deal.

The points are only useful if you fly SW enough to accumulate 10k points or so which is 1 one-way tkt.  Or like me, sign up for their Chase card for 40-50k points and add more via such deals and spending.

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Re: Best Bonus For Doing Your Taxes Through...?
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2017, 09:50:48 AM »
Thanks for the replies everyone.

I'm still leaning towards the Southwest Deal. I have roughly $100 flight credit through Southwest and I had have the Chase Sapphire Card that I'm working towards the bonus with. I think that combination will probably give me the most bang for my buck.

I just can't file until I get my 1099, which won't be until sometime in February.

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Re: Best Bonus For Doing Your Taxes Through...?
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2017, 08:30:42 AM »
I've found that TaxAct has been the cheapest even though there is no bonus or affiliate rewards through using them. I used to do Turbotax because of referral discounts from Vanguard or USAA but it was still more expensive than TaxAct. I itemize and have to do state and I think it has been $15-$20 for me to file.

TaxAct's interface isn't the best or hand holding but it is inexpensive.