Houston, We Have a Problem

In our ninth list of Top 10 Procrastinating Cities, Houston takes America’s most tax procrastinating city for the fourth time. Houston, looks like we have a problem. To help Houston residents and tax procrastinators at large, we’ve pulled together some quick and easy tips so you can act fast to file your taxes before the April 15 tax deadline. Like any good procrastinator, if you need a distraction, go ahead and play with this fun interactive visual that shows which cities slacked off on filing their taxes early last year before diving into the tips at the bottom.

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Last-Minute Tax Tips for Procrastinators:

  • Even procrastinators can save money on their taxes.  For example, taxpayers have up until the April 15 deadline to contribute to an IRA.
  • Don’t forget charitable contributions made in 2009.  Even mileage to and from volunteering is deductible.
  • Go online. Taxpayers can go online to prepare and e-file taxes up to the 11th hour at http://www.TurboTax.com.
  • E-file.  Taxpayers can avoid the long lines at the post office and can get their refund back in as little as 8 days with direct deposit.
  • Learn what tax breaks are disappearing. Better catch them before April 15.
  • In the market for a home? It’s still not too late to get the Homebuyer Credit now rather than having to wait until next year.
  • Need more time? Taxpayers will get an extra 6 months to file (to Oct. 15 2010). But remember…an extension to file is NOT an extension to pay taxes. TurboTax Easy Extension allows you to file your personal or business extension online.

Comments (21) Leave your comment

  1. I have been using Turbo Tax since 2003 and have had nothing but good experience with it, until this year. The downloaded version will not work on my XP machine. I have installed, uninstalled, repaired, uninstalled, reinstalled, you name it and I am at wits end. The main problem is the app will not launch after download. I get the, “TurboTax has encountered a problem and needs to close.” error message. Any advice would be appreciated.

  2. I have had nothing but problems with Turbo Tax this year. I have used it over the past few years with absolutely no problems. This year however it has been a continuous headache. It doesn’t say anywhere on the box (purchased at COSTCO) that it won’t work with dial-up. OK, so we’re living in the past with our dial-up – it’s not a crime, but it is a problem. I have had to go to friends houses and tech centers just to prepare our taxes. Also, when I thought I was finally finished I found mistakes. I don’t know who was doing the programing for 2010 TurboTax, but they should be fired. Next year we are not using TurboTax, we are paying someone to do them for us. Good-bye and Good Riddance TurboTax. You were once a God-send but are now a nightmare.

  3. AFTER MANY VARIOUS ATTEMPTS, I WAS NOT ABLE TO DOWNLOAD 2 (OF 5) KEY PATCHES FOR TT2010. SO I CONTACTED TT SUPPORT BY CHAT

    THE SOLUTION WAS PRESENTED BY THE TT TECH – PURCHASE AN UPGRADE TO MAC OS 10.6.3, SNOW LEPOARD ; WHICH I DID TODAY AND I STILL HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM. I NOW HAVE SPENT $90 FOR UNUSABLE TURBOTAX 2010 PREMIER (WHICH CLAIMS ON THE BOX IT WILL WORK WITH MAC OS 10.4!! AND HIGHER AND ALSO UPGRADED MY MAC FOR ANOTHER $30 AND STILL HAVE NO FORMS ON WHICH TO FILE MY TAXES!!

    WHO’S PROCRASTINATING?

  4. Is anyone looking at Blue Screen Of Death problem due to TurboTax 2010? There is just no way to finish tax preparation using TT on Windows XP. Dozens of reports of crashes but no fix from Intuit. That would teach us procrastinators!!

  5. I just received a notice from the wonderful IRS that I owe an additional $2,500 ON LAST YEAR’S TAXES. I guess it’s silly to think that they will take any of the responsibility for my filing an incomplete/erroneous return?!

  6. I had a problem with turbo tax crashing after about four minutes of use. I would get the blue screen of death and an error message about a critcal system failure. No help from turbo tax support,I don’t even know if they actually exist.I had to save my tax files to an external drive every minute or two so I could have a reliable file to start over with after a crash.

  7. Another electronic mess that’s slower than doing this manually. The data collecting doesn’t follow the method used on the long form so it has to be resorted into the packets turbo tax uses. Then when it ir rejected it takes hours on hold to get help which still can’t resolve the problem. TS actually said they didn’t know whey it doesn’t work. They refunded my money, actually double billed my credit card. This isn’t the seamless integration of tax reporting they advertise. I have spent 3 days trying to fix it and am now filing it long form manually. Thanks turdbo tax!

  8. I am having problems with the turboTax software this year. I had problems installing it on my XP machine. Now TurboTax is crashing on me. I am starting to think that if I am having problems because of bad Quality Assurance IS IT GIVING ME THE CORRECT TAX INFORMATION?

  9. I have never been late filing, but am curious as to what the IRS does when a tax return doesn’t meet the deadline of April 15.

  10. If you live on any border town Indiana/Illinois

    they do not have reciprical tax agreements.

    So if you work in one state live in another.

    It is extremely complicated to do the state portion. The employers never take enough out for

    the state tax portion. Or they take it out for one state and not the other.

    In the end you never get the right forms Its ahuge mess. IN and IL need to get together and fix it.

  11. Why wait,procrastinate,delay etc.

    file as early as possible, but make sure you

    have every I dotted and t crossed.

    And take advantage of every available deductable

    item, no matter how obscure.

    Just take the time to do it right and complete.

    you may be surprised at how good you will feel

    at doing a complete return, and if yours is too

    complicated, get pro. help. Don’t be a cheapscake

    when it comes to Taxtime.

  12. I had a tax professional give me ths single best tip ever to avoid procrastinating on your tax returns, especially if you are getting a refund. Remind me to tell you tomorrow.

  13. My tip for not procrastinating on your taxes: file your taxes the day before Turbo Tax online goes up in price (smile). That always motivates me to get them done!

  14. To avoid last minute procrastination, I tackle a return in parts. I spend one day working on income, such as entering W2s and interest and investment income. The next day I work on my deductions. Then I do anything related to small business on another, then rental income, finally buying or selling a home. I spend the last day doing a review. I can usually then finish a difficult return in 1 week! Thanks TurboTax!

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