Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Fundraises to Help Support Give Kids The World Village

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This tax season, for taxpayers who file with Jackson Hewitt, they could be helping to make the lives of some children a little happier. For each qualified tax return, Jackson Hewitt will donate $3 to Give Kids The World Village (GKTW), a 70-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort located near Central Florida’s famous attractions. While at the resort, families are treated to week-long, cost-free fantasy vacations, complete with villa accommodations, transportation, meals and donated tickets to area attractions and much more.   

From January 2 through April 15, 2013, taxpayers can visit the Jackson Hewitt website to print out a
coupon for a $30 discount off tax preparation. Then when they visit a participating local Jackson Hewitt office, they simply submit the coupon when they have their taxes prepared and Jackson Hewitt will donate $3 to Give Kids The World. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 120,000 families from all 50 states and over 74 countries.

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Earn Extra Cash This Tax Season

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This tax season there’s a new way to refer your friends to Jackson Hewitt! With our online Refer-A-Friend® it’s easy to tell your friends about how great you think Jackson Hewitt is, earning you extra cash and saving your friends money on their tax prep. You keep referring—we’ll keep paying.

How does it work? It’s simple. Just fill out a form providing
your contact information so we can send you your referral rewards and let us know who to send a discount to. For every friend you refer who has their taxes prepared at Jackson Hewitt, you’ll earn $10 and they’ll save $10. Click here to start referring! 

Feel Joy at Tax Time with Our Refund Joy Giveaway on Facebook

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Last week, Jackson Hewitt® launched the 2013 social media contest, the Refund Joy Giveaway. Participants have a chance to win up to $5,000 to make their big tax refund dream come true. The contest will run until February 11, 2013, with two weekly winners and one grand prizewinner. Have you entered yet? It’s easy! Here’s how:
  •  Visit the Jackson Hewitt Facebook page at Facebook.com/JacksonHewitt
  •  Like Jackson Hewitt
  •  Visit the Giveaway page
•  Let us know what you would do with a big tax refund this year

All winners will be randomly selected. Weekly winners will receive a $500 cash prize and the grand prize of $5,000 will be drawn at the end of the contest. All participants will be allowed to enter once. Enter today for a chance to make your tax time dreams come true!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  OPEN TO ELIGIBLE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHO ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, OUTSIDE THE U.S., AND WHERE PROHIBITED AND RESTRICTED BY LAW.  This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with, Facebook.  Internet Access Required.  By entering the Promotion participant understands that he/she is providing information to the Sponsor and not to Facebook.


A Delay to the Filing Start Should Not Be a Delay to Prepare

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced Tuesday that it will delay accepting all 2012 tax returns by eight days, pushing the acceptance of both e-file and paper tax returns to January 30, more than a week past the originally scheduled date of January 22. It’s also important to note that even though the start of tax season has been pushed back, the filing deadline of April 15 remains unchanged.

“While the IRS did as much programming as they could in anticipation of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Patch and the Extenders,” said Mark Steber, Chief Tax Officer, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc., “they were unable to finalize their programming and complete testing until the bill was signed. Ultimately more than 80 forms were impacted by the bill, which is now causing delays for everyone.”

Despite the new filing date, taxpayers can – and should – start having their tax returns prepared. This delay shows how the fiscal cliff solution, a seemingly very simple one where many tax benefits were put back in the tax laws, has many complex considerations.

“This is not a year to consider doing taxes alone without help and current software,” said Mark. 

Jackson Hewitt systems and software are all up to date; those who are ready to begin the filing process can stop by their local Jackson Hewitt, begin their return, determine the amount of refund owed to them and select how they prefer to receive their refund and have everything finalized for the IRS acceptance date. The IRS anticipates that nine out of ten refunds will be issued again this year in less than 21 days, and even with the delay for filing until January 30, the sooner taxpayers file their returns, the sooner they will get their refunds. 

Most taxpayers will be able to file their return January 30, including taxpayers who itemize deductions and claim the sales tax deduction. The taxpayers that claim an energy credit, depreciation or business credits will be delayed until late February. These taxpayers may not feel as impacted as those who file in January, because they typically do not file until late February normally.

“Regardless of the IRS delay,” continued Mark, “there is no reason to delay preparing your tax return as soon as you are ready with your documents. Filing early comes with a host of benefits, such as helping to protect you against ID theft. And one final thought and simple best practice: the earlier you file your tax return the faster you get your tax refund.” 

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Passes

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The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was passed late last night, averting a fall off the "fiscal cliff" which has been not only all over the media the past few months, but also on the minds of taxpayers ranging from low-income earners to high-income earners. 

“Now that many of the looming questions about what will happen to the AMT and Bush Tax Cuts have been answered,” said Mark Steber, Chief Tax Officer, “let’s look at the changes that will be affecting taxpayers both this tax season and next.” 

- The 2012 changes include permanent AMT relief with an annual inflation adjustment and a two-year extension through 2013 of many common deductions such as the educator expense, tuition and fees, and sales tax deductions. 

- The tax year 2013 changes include making permanent the Bush tax rates, an increased tax rate for taxpayers with an income greater than $400,000, and many other taxpayer beneficial tax policies. 

- The American Opportunity Credit, the Additional Child Tax credit that allows taxpayers to claim a refund of the unused portion of the Child Tax Credit, and the Expanded EIC which allows a higher EIC amount for taxpayers with three or more children and provides a higher income threshold for married taxpayers has been extended five years through 2017.
- The 2 percent reduction in Social Security tax was allowed to expire as expected which means lower paychecks for taxpayers beginning January 1, 2013. 

Jackson Hewitt offices across the nation have begun to open their doors to help you start your 2012 tax return, answer any questions that you have on the changes to the tax law, and help you plan for the changes that will take place next year. For an office nearest you, visit our office locator.