How To Claim Financial Independence

Social Media Manager Taylor Meadows tackles her taxes for the first time (on her own) with the help of the newly updated TurboTax features.
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Social Media Manager Taylor Meadows tackles her taxes for the first time (on her own) with the help of the newly updated TurboTax features.
Image Credit: Taylor Meadows

Image Credit: Taylor Meadows

Tis tax season, Clementines! We asked Social Media Manager, Taylor, to file her taxes for the first time (without help) using TurboTax and to report back to us about her experience. Check out her tips, tricks and suggestions below! 

In high school, I did everything I could to earn enough math credit for college. It was my goal to take as many writing and creative classes as possible, and math (so I thought) would cramp my neatly crafted college path. Not much has change since my alma mater kicked me out into the world of adulthood. But now, instead of crunching numbers in statistics and calculus, I now have income and tax numbers to 

To be honest, I never feared tax season because I had one source of income and my aunt would file my taxes for me. I would send my W2 to her and go about my business. Everything changed when I decided to take on freelance projects on top of my full-time job. It never occurred to me that my tax situation would be slightly more complicated. In an effort to be a true adult and take the burden off of my aunt, I decided to take on the daunting task of filing my taxes, myself.

It’s overwhelming to think of the list of things I need to do to make sure I claim my freelance income and submit items I can write off. Before deciding to file my taxes on my own, I did a little research to find a program that was easy to navigate, a program that spells out exactly what I need to do. After a little research and a few recommendations from friends, I found the website that stole my heart. Yes, it may sound a little extreme, but I fell in love with TurboTax.

Image Credit: Taylor Meadows

Image Credit: Taylor Meadows

I heard through the grapevine that TurboTax added new tools to make taxes easier to tackle for humans like me who tend to bite off more than they can chew. After signing up for the program and browsing through the new features, I wanted to cry and kiss the screen at the same time. The three features they introduced – W2 Snap, Explain Why, and Smartlook – prevented me from going into panic mode and helped me navigate this seemingly complicated process with ease. My favorite feature is the W2 Snap because you can take a photo of your W2 with your smartphone and TurboTax will transfer the information to the correct online forms. For me, that’s the most difficult step!

Once I have all of the information I need to enter for my freelance jobs, I will sit and complete the paperwork with zero anxiety before the end of February (a new personal record). In a way, I guess TurboTax is my new favorite aunt. I still provide the information, then they are taking care of the rest. 

Image Credit: Taylor Meadows

Image Credit: Taylor Meadows

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