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ChuckHutchings

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I was just filing my tax return (yes, I'm a procrastinator to the max) and was using TurboTax.

During the e-filing process, you have the option of getting all/part of your refund in the form of gift cards from various stores. Lowes is one of the participants AND YOU GET $100 in Gift Cards FOR ONLY $90! (That's 10% free money for those of you that are mathematically challenged.)

I was drooling just thinking about what I was going to buy with the free $400 but - wouldn't you know it? - the offer is no longer valid. :(

But NEXT year I'll be sure to file on time and get my FREE LIGHTS!!!

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Other vendors participating include:

JC Penny

Michael's

Starbucks

Applebees

There are lots more and the "bonus" amount varies from 5% to 15% depending on the vendor.

Edit:

Oh, and it's FREE! It doesn't cost you a dime to get the gift cards.

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Double check that 'free' thing...

If I am not mistaken, you are correct that the cards DON'T cost you anything extra. What they get you on are the fees for either handling the deposit of your money to them, or interest on a 'refund anticipation' loan.

Read the fine print very carefully. Intuit is very sneaky with fees. For instance, check the fine print about paying for electronic filing by using the money from your refund. The fee to do so was somewhere around $20-$30 ON TOP OF the $16 filing fee.

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OldCgr,

You pay the filing fee regardless of whether you take the gift cards or not so I factored that out of the equation.

There IS NO ADDITIONAL COST if you take the gift cards.

But I agree that Intuit never misses a chance to squeeze one more nickel out of you every chance they get.

They are worse than Sony and Apple combined.

On the other hand, if you DO pay them their stuff generally works. I've never had a problem with my tax return.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! WHY DID I SAY THAT! NOW I'LL BE AUDITED FOR SURE!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!

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Chuck,

I just filed for 2006, also. You are not alone. Unfortunately, I get nothing back.

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ChuckHutchings wrote:

Lowes is one of the participants AND YOU GET $100 in Gift Cards FOR ONLY $90! (That's 10% free money for those of you that are mathematically challenged.)

Acutally is is 11.11111111.... (forever) %. But you would be correct if you said that it was $10 free money. :}

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So if I go buy a whole bunch of gift cards and send them in as my payment will my payment be less.

LOL. You gotta love self employment, kiss those returns good-bye.

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teamneon wrote:

wow..and i thought i was the only one super late.

i just mailed off checks for roughly $6k to the irs :(

DANG! i LOVE my tax guy, ive NEVER had to pay a DIME...ive always gotten back what i paid or MORE

(anyone living in north jersey or in jersey thats willing to travel to the meadowlands area, PM my for his number ;) )

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teamneon wrote:

wow..and i thought i was the only one super late.

I just filed my 2004 taxes inearly summer (2007). (Used the refund to goto PLUS.)

TED

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TED wrote:

teamneon wrote:

I just filed my 2004 taxes inearly summer (2007). (Used the refund to goto PLUS.)

TED

Dang you are way worse then me. But yep I waited untill Oct. 14th before finishing them. Extensions are almost a must when your self employed,way to much stuff to get all figured out.

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