March 4, 2014
The National Taxpayer Advocate finds that Americans spend 6.1 billion hours a year on tax prep. Even with all the numerous software options, a large amount of time goes into crunching numbers. I was trying to teach my teenagers how to do the EZ 1040 form, and they did very well thanks to their high school economics class. Knowing the difference between net and gross and how much it coast to fill up a gas tank are the conversations I've been having with my kids lately. It's a far cry from the Barney songs we used to sing. Sesame Street, Adventure Time and even Blue's Clues all have factored into a form in my house right now. Whether she's clipping diaper coupons or filling out the FASFA, these foundational shows, songs, and memories evoke an emotion you can tap into right now. Maybe today your show can be brought to them by the letter A for awesome.
She can cut down on the amount of time spent taxes with these tips: Create a system for organizing tax documents as they arrive.
-Review all tax documents as they arrive.
-Make sure you know all the 2013 tax changes that could have an impact on taxes.
-Decide whether you're going to hire a pro.
-Get tax forms now.
-Start gathering your tax information now.
Getting a customer service representative on the phone to handle a situation can be an event in and of itself. Here are some tips to help her get fast customer service thanks to the National Consumers League.
• Know when to call: Tuesday and Thursdays after lunch are the slowest phone traffic times.
• Have all account information available and handy.
• www.Gethuman.com and www.Fonolo.com gives numbers for more than 1,000 companies that have actual people that will pick up the phone.
• Be brief yet descriptive with reason for call
• Complain via Twitter. If said company has a Twitter account
(AT&T, Starbuck's, etc.) send a tweet and wait for a response.
• Get more She Prep at www.ShePrep.com