It’s tax season. It’s that time when we are scrambling to get all of our paperwork together, and pray that we will be in the green come April (or later).
I remember growing up, not really paying attention to my parents, but just remembering we would road-trip it to Trenton, NJ about one hour from where we lived back in the ’90s. I thought to myself, “There must be an easier way to do whatever this is we’re doing.” Why travel so much, and pay someone to do something we could potentially do? Fast-forward, there is! Well there are technically so many options now including going to a “friend,” or doing it yourself online.
However, there are probably many reasons why Latino parents (aged 50 and up), wouldn’t want to do their taxes online. One would be lack of access to the internet, but then again there is always your mobile device. Another reason would be that as Spanish speakers, how can we talk to someone when we need assistance? Well that’s why Turbo Tax recently announced Turbo Tax Live.
According to a Turbo Tax blog post, “With TurboTax Live, you’re not alone. With the simple click of the ‘Expert Help’ button, you can connect with a TurboTax Live credentialed tax expert using one-way video technology, including access to Spanish speaking tax experts.” These experts, all of whom are Certified Public Accountants (CPA), Enrolled Agents (EA), or Practicing Attorneys with more than 10 years of tax preparation experience, are ready to serve our wonderful Spanish-language audience.
“For more than 30 years, TurboTax has been the trusted leader in online do-it-yourself tax preparation,” said Dan Wernikoff, executive vice president and general manager of Intuit’s TurboTax business. “With TurboTax Live, we’re going beyond DIY, by leveraging the power of technology and our virtual network of tax experts to enable an entirely new assisted experience. Now taxpayers can have their return reviewed, and even signed and filed, by a credentialed tax expert, in English or Spanish, without leaving their living room.”
How will you be filing? I have had a “friend” work on my taxes for a few years now, but I may switch over to Turbo Tax this year. We’ll just have to wait and see.
P.S. My parents will still most likely go to Trenton, NJ to file their taxes.