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Free Apps To Prepare Your Taxes

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Pick up your phone and install one of these apps to get through the tax season with less stress that you would otherwise experience. Not only that but you will have a more accurate return with every deduction considered compared to trying to prepare your taxes this year on your own. You can download tax software, purchase software at your local business supply store, go to a tax accountant, have your taxes completed at WalMart, or even use your phone to file your 1040EZ for free. Here are some of the free phone options you have.

2015 Is a Slow Tax Season

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According to Bloomberg, 2015 is the worst tax season in a long time. With the new Obamacare requirements, identity theft, IRS funding issues and taxpayers taking their time, there should be a rush at the end when April 15th comes.

Obamacare didn’t have income verification in place when it rolled out on HealthCare.com, so new enrollees estimated their income and got subsidies. The IRS is now reporting that 50% of enrollees underestimated their incomes, got a bigger subsidy than allowed, and now are having their tax refunds cut by $530. And for the 11% of Americans without health coverage they might be facing a penalty somewhere around $170.

New Tax Forms for the ACA Make Filing Tough

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Small business owners are required to complete additional forms next tax season to comply with the ‘Affordable’ Care Act. Businesses with over 50 full-time employees need to track and record employees health expenditures for the year on a monthly basis. On February 8th the IRS released the new form, 1095C, for companies to file in 2016.

Mobile Development Tools Presented By Yahoo!

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Flurry Inc. has provided a suite of mobile development tools for Yahoo! that it is encouraging others to use to developed new applications. Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer presented the tools today at Yahoo!s first Mobile Developer Conference in California. Outside developers can include marketing, video, search, along with content in new apps they develop using the suite.

Free Cloud Storage Options From Microsoft and Google

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Microsoft is  giving away a huge 100G of space this week while Google provides an additional 2G of space for anyone looking for free storage options. With hacking, security and price being a drag of online storage sign-ups, two of the big players in the field are upping their offerings to draw in new customers. Finding more than 20G of free space online has been hard until now. Most providers charge extra with Google asking for $2/month for an extra 100G and Apple wanting $20 for a Terabyte.

Microsoft Preps for Windows 10

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How many people are testing Microsoft’s new operating system? How about 1.7 million people have signed up to be early testers. Windows 10, is a big deal for Microsoft and loyal fans who want something better than the operating system they got with Windows 8, a disappointment. At a company event today, Windows 10: The Next Chapter, executives shared what to expect with the new software when it is made available. They discussed a new browser that is coming, the price structure that will include free versions for some, and even the use of holograms for virtual workspaces.

TurboTax Makes Controversial Changes

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TurboTax Deluxe has changed radically for this filing year, says MousePrint, in a warning piece about the popular tax prep computer program. MousePrint says that the usual interview parts of TurboTax which had, in the past, answered questions regarding Schedules C, D and E are not included in the package but need a costly bump-up to "Premier" editions and others. Schedule C refers to self-employment, Schedule D to investments and Schedule E to rentals and income from partnerships.

Razer Nabu X Released by Razer at CES

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Following other fitness bands, Razer launched the Razer Nabu X at CES this week. The band provides notifications from smartphones, social band to band features, and the tracking of fitness data for the wearer. It is made of a soft rubber, one-size fits all, and is water resistant. It is available at a discounted $19.99 for Razer Insider Forum members at this time. Retail outlets will have the wearable device January 13th at a retail price of $49.99. Razer is known for their gaming devices mostly.

Microsoft’s XBox SDK Leaked Online

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The Xbox Live network went down over Christmas when a DDos (distributed denial of service) attack was launched against it. Now before the end of the year, hackers from the group H4LT have put the Xbox SDK (software development kit) on the internet for anyone to download. With a tweet @notHALT, the group linked to the DSK which will allow anyone to develop games for the platform. The company does not openly give the development kit away. And developers will not be able to put their creations with the kit in Microsoft owned store fronts but the release of the kit opens up for an open source store front to emerge.

Instagram Has More Engagement Than Twitter

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Data released this week by Socialbakers showed that Instagram photo posts had 50 times the engagement for big brands as similar posts on Twitter. This follows a story that the photo app surpassed Twitter in total number of accounts, 300 million to 284 million. The study looked at the top 25 brands on each network and then compared user interaction with the brand’s posts. Twitter feels that it has more reach that is not easily tracked in such reports since it allows tweets to be viewed by non-account holders.

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