Last month, TurboTax sent a few representatives to meet with the DC PF Bloggers Happy Hour group and talk with us about TurboTax and tax season. It was a real blast, especially since most of us had talked to them via Twitter or e-mailed then with questions about the TurboTax products and we finally got to put faces to names/avatars. And we always have a blast.

While I was there, they gave me 3 copies of TurboTax Deluxe with free Federal and State preparation online to give away to my readers. You can find out the details on Intuit’s website to see if it’s right for you.

TurboTax Deluxe is geared towards you if:

  • You own your home
  • You donated to charity
  • You have significant education or medical expenses
  • You have childcare expenses
  • You have lots of deductions

This giveaway is for the people with average returns who need something a little more complicated than the basic, free software but not for people with very complex returns. If you have investments and need to report dividends, gains, and losses, then TurboTax Premier is better-suited to your needs. If you’re a small business owner or freelancer, your best fit is Turbo Tax Home and Business. I plan to use Home and Business and will be writing about it when I do.

Please note, this is also the Online edition, not the copy that you download to your computer. They’re essentially the same, but if you don’t have a good or secure internet connection or if you would rather have the software on your computer, then please don’t enter so that other people can win.

This contest will run until Sunday, February 14th, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question: If you could come up with one new tax deduction for 2009, no matter how crazy or random, what would it be?

I will choose three winners using random.org. A valid e-mail address is required to notify the winner. If you do not respond after 5 days, I will choose another winner. For obvious reasons, this contest is only open to people who file taxes in the United States.

Also, increase your chance of winning tax software by checking out the H&R Block at Home Giveaway on Cash Money Life which will be going on until Saturday the 13th. It’s great tax software as well, so I recommend entering to win one of the two copies.

Disclosure: I was fed by TurboTax. Also, they gave me a Sigg water bottle which I’m very fond of, as I drink over half-a-gallon of water a day. And they gave me these three copies for you, plus a review copy of the home & business edition (which I’ll be writing about later). But I wouldn’t have gone if I didn’t already plan on writing about TurboTax and think they make good software that has served my family well for years (though this will be my first year trying it).


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Andrew February 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

The gay deduction. It’s essentially an apology from the feds for screwing us over in most other arenas.
.-= Andrew´s last blog ..Whoa, 2010! =-.

Lisa February 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Hmm…I would say the “eating away from the home” deduction…I waste far too much money on eating out!

Daniel February 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm

The “Buy stuff for your girlfriend” deduction. Between dinners, movies, birthdays, anniversaries and random Wednesdays, I’d appreciate a nice little discount for my troubles.
.-= Daniel´s last blog ..You Can’t Always Get What You Want =-.

Lanita February 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm

A preventative health care deduction. Reward folks for taking concrete measures to maintain good health!

thriftygal February 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm

A ‘owns-car-but-takes-pubilc-transportation’ deduction! Hey – we’re leaving a smaller carbon print!
.-= thriftygal´s last blog ..Thriftygal’s Top Ten Money Tunes =-.

Emily Lauren February 8, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Hmm… the ‘real food’ deduction! We buy a lot of single-ingredient food and cook from scratch, would love to get rewarded for that!

Jess February 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm

A bigger deduction for educational expenses, that reflects the true amount that college costs these days.

Revanche February 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm

The took care of your pet properly deduction! With bonus points for taking care of strays, fosterage, and/or other people’s pets.

Jimmy February 8, 2010 at 2:44 pm

a healthy eating deduction…perhaps put it in the HCR bill? (:

Luis Roddi February 8, 2010 at 3:45 pm

The YIW (years I worked deduction) or the Vacation in Europe deduction…

Mrs. Money February 8, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Pet deduction… definitely!
.-= Mrs. Money´s last blog ..Should We Switch our Main Checking Account to ING? =-.

Nancy February 8, 2010 at 5:55 pm

the pokemon deduction – parents, you know it if you deserve this one!

Kathleen February 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm

I wish that they’d have a tax deduction for stay-at-home moms. Man, my days are crazy and hectic, and it would be nice to get “paid” a little extra money for it.
.-= Kathleen ´s last blog ..It’s a Marshmallow World =-.

shel February 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Since I spent a ton of money last year at the dentist but not enough to take the medical deduction, I’d like a “crown credit”. Just a little rebate for having to crown three of my teeth last year.
.-= shel´s last blog ..Sears Good Deal Alert -Rotary Tool Kit =-.

Paul February 9, 2010 at 12:04 am

Full cost deduction to spay & neuter stray animals.

thriftygal February 9, 2010 at 10:48 am

Well what do you know? After I entered my comment above (‘owns-car-but-uses-public-transportation’ deduction) yesterday, I heard about a proposed new tax for Massachusetts on the news: A milage tax! Not exactly a deduction, but works on the same principles: They’ll start charging people on amount of road usage by installing a chip on the license place that tracks how much you drive. If you drive during rush hour, it’s gonna hurt even more!
.-= thriftygal´s last blog ..Thriftygal’s Top Ten Money Tunes =-.

ctreit February 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Deduction for feeding my (healthy) appetite as a work-related expense since I need to sustain myself with food to be able to go to work. – Hey, maybe that is not a new deduction but just a more liberal interpretation of an existing deduction. Can I still be part of the contest?

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