It’s tax time and Jackson Hewitt is here to help. Text “TAX” to “646464”, receive an email address and then send your tax question to the Jackson Hewitt tax experts. See answers to your tax questions below.

When can I file my income tax?
Jackson Hewitt recommends starting your return as early as you can, to ensure you are organized and have all of the documents that you will need when it’s time for you to file. You can prepare your tax return at any time; however the IRS is presently not accepting returns until January 30, 2013. You can talk to one of our Tax Pros to get accurate guidance based on your individual circumstances. To find a Jackson Hewitt office near you, please visit http://www.jacksonhewitt.com. Use the “Find an Office” search box in the upper right of the web page and click on the “more info” link to display. You can also call 1-800-234-1040 to find the office nearest you.

I usually do my taxes through Turbo tax. Would you still suggest I go and see someone in person?
Tax year 2012 turned out to be a confusing one with the late changes to the tax law by Congress – this is why we are seeing the IRS delay the date they will begin accepting returns (January 30).  Jackson Hewitt recommends speaking with a Tax Pro to ensure you’re getting the most out of tax season. If you leave off a deduction or credit that you were not aware you qualified for, the IRS does not add these in for you. Speaking with a professional could help. If you choose to use software or an online program, you’ll want to make sure it’s up to date with the latest tax law changes to avoid any errors on youre return. Jackson Hewitt would be happy to assist you with your tax return, to make sure you’re making the most of your individual situation. To find a Jackson Hewitt office near you, please visit http://www.jacksonhewitt.com. Use the “Find an Office” search box in the upper right of the web page and click on the “more info” link to display.

My son just graduated from college in May. Can I still claim him as a student in 2012 even though he was out of school by December 31st? 
We’ve sent your question to our friends at Jackson Hewitt, and the answer is yes; as long as he was enrolled in college full-time for at least five months and he was under 24, he did not provide more than half of his own support, he isn’t filing a joint return, and he is a U.S. citizen, resident or national or a citizen of Mexico or Canada during the year.  You also may be eligible for additional education credits or deductions. We recommend you talk to one of the Tax Pros at Jackson Hewitt to get accurate guidance based on your individual circumstances. To find a Jackson Hewitt office near you, please visit http://www.jacksonhewitt.com. Use the “Find an Office” search box in the upper right of the web page and click on the “more info” link to display the hours of operation for each office. Call ahead to confirm they are open. Most offices are independently owned and operated.

I would like to have a list of the tax clause. 
We’re not sure exactly what information you are looking for, however, for information on this year’s tax law changes, we recommend you stop by Jackson Hewitt to speak with one of their Tax Pros.  They can fill you in on what you need to know this filing season based on your individual situation.

To find a Jackson Hewitt office near you, visit www.jacksonhewitt.com. Enter a zip code in the “Find an Office” search box in the upper right hand corner of the web page. Once the page loads click on the Find an Office Open Year Round black link. You can also call 1-800-234-1040 to find the office nearest you.

When can we start filing our taxes? 
Jackson Hewitt recommends starting your return as early as you can, to ensure you are organized and have all of the documents that you will need when it’s time for you to file. You can prepare your tax return at any time; however the IRS is presently not accepting returns until January 30, 2013. You can talk to one of our Tax Pros to get accurate guidance based on your individual circumstances. To find a Jackson Hewitt office near you, please visit http://www.jacksonhewitt.com. Use the “Find an Office” search box in the upper right of the web page and click on the “more info” link to display. You can also call 1-800-234-1040 to find the office nearest you.

I want to save $25 on my taxes. 
Jackson Hewitt coupons can be downloaded on our web site, go to www.jacksonhewitt.com, on the home page you will see the Special Offers, click on Get You Coupon, fill out just a few lines and you will be able to Download your Coupon.

If you’re new to Jackson Hewitt, you can Switch & Save! Just call your local office for details. To find an office nearest you call 1-800-234-1040, or visit www.jacksonhewitt.com.

If I have received unemployment all year should I just do a simple tax return through Turbo tax or would it be better to have tax professional do taxes? 
This really depends on your personal tax knowledge and the complexity of your tax return. The Tax Pros at Jackson Hewitt may be able to help you find deductions and credits you might overlook. If you leave these off of your return, the IRS does not add them in for you, so you could benefit from speaking to a professional who can advise you based on your individual situation. To find a Jackson Hewitt office near you call 1-800-234-1040 or visit www.jacksonhewitt.com.

Do the new taxes affect 2012 or 2013 taxes? If only 2013 taxes, do we file 2012 taxes as usual?
Jackson Hewitt can say for sure, the new Tax Law changes reflect changes in filing your 2012 and 2013 tax returns. To find out how these changes may affect your individual situation, we recommend you speak with one of the Tax Pros at Jackson Hewitt.

To find a Jackson Hewitt office near you call 1-800-234-1040 or visit www.jacksonhewitt.com.

I just missed some of the tax segment but wanted to know about the $50 discount from Jackson-Hewitt. 
We’re happy to tell you about the Switch & Save offer from Jackson Hewitt. This year, you can switch to Jackson Hewitt and pay $50 less than you paid someone else to do your taxes last year, so long as you paid $150 for tax preparation or more. If you are a returning client, or if you didn’t pay $150 or more last year, there are still offers available to you. Visit http://www.jacksonhewitt.com to download discounts off of tax preparation. Also, since most offices are independently owned and operated, you’ll want to call your local office to find out if they are running any special promotions. To find an office nearest you, call 1-800-234-1040 or visit www.jacksonhewitt.com.

Are you required to pay taxes on unemployment? 
Yes. Jackson Hewitt recommends you come in to speak with one of their Tax Pros.  You may also qualify for additional deductions or credits based on your individual situation, so you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most out of tax time. To find a Jackson Hewitt office near you, call 1-800-234-1040 or visit www.jacksonhewitt.com.

Where is the best place to get help with back taxes owed?  Is there any truth with TV ads about payingpennies on a dollar?
The Tax Pros at Jackson Hewitt can assist you with this, and any additional questions you may have. To find a Jackson Hewitt office near you, call 1-800-234-1040 or visit www.jacksonhewitt.com.

Can I use my last check stub of 2012 to file my taxes at Jackson Hewitt?
Our friends at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® can start your return with your last paycheck. Your W-2 may even be available for download at Jackson Hewitt®, this way you can finish up your return faster than waiting for your paper W-2 to arrive in the mail. However, the IRS will not begin accepting returns until January 30th this year. If you finish up your return with Jackson Hewitt, then once January 30th comes, they can send directly to the IRS.

If you have rental property that has a mortgage and the rent you collect doesn’t cover the monthly payment, can you right off the monthly loss? 
You would have to calculate your income and expenses before knowing how much of a loss you can take on your return. This year more than ever tax changes are complicated! The Tax Pros at Jackson Hewitt can help you determine if you qualify to claim a loss. There may also be other things to consider based on your individual situation.

To find a Jackson Hewitt office near you, call 1-800-234-1040 or visit www.jacksonhewitt.com.

Can you write off Rx meds and if you are a new homeowner in 2011, is there a tax break for you? 
If you are able to itemize deductions, you can claim your mortgage interest, real estate taxes and mortgage insurance premiums paid on your house.  In addition you may be able to claim your medical expenses including your prescriptions. This year more than ever tax changes are complicated! We recommend you talk to one of the Tax Pros at Jackson Hewitt to get accurate guidance based on your individual circumstances.

To find a Jackson Hewitt office near you, please call 1-800-234-1040 or visit www.jacksonhewitt.com.

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