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Idiotic Intuit

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

I have been using Quicken for so many years. Same goes with Turbo Tax. I had lot of respect for Intuit, until few minutes ago. These idiots from Intuit completely screwed up Turbo Tax. These people have shown their greed and complete disregard for consumers in their turbo tax product. I bought Turbo deluxe recently just like I have been doing for years. However, Turbo tax deluxe does not allow you to enter Schedule C or D (stock investments or small business data). Instead, it force you to buy upgrade. I used to manually enter the data directly in the forms. Intuit put a total stop to it. The company should have been clear in the way they priced the product. It threw super blow to people who are loyal to the company for years. Shame on you Intuit.

H&R block used this screw up and offer free download for the users who are screwed by Intuit. More details at Wall Street Journal. If you are screwed by Intuit, you have two options:

  1. Call Turbo Tax at 800-445-1875 and ask them to give you free upgrade.
  2. H&R Block is offering a free download of software to people who have already purchased TurboTax Deluxe. (Email SwitchToBlock@hrblock.com and include proof of purchase of the 2014 software.)

UPDATE: Turbo Tax is issuing $25 refunds if you had to upgrade from Turbo Tax Deluxe. More details can be found in CNBC page.

How to keep new year resolutions?

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Most of us write new year resolutions on this day. However, only some of us are able to feel sense of achievement at the end of the year. Here are some tips to make sure you keep and succeed in your resolutions.

1. Make sure your resolutions follow SMART principle. Each resolution should be specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-bound. Believe me, if you can’t make your resolution adhering to SMART, you better remove it from your list to save you some frustration down the road.

2. Write positive resolutions. Meaning that, do not write “I will never ever eat that big fat pizza again”. That won’t work! Instead, write “I will eat more vegetables every day”.

3. Be realistic. You know your strengths and weaknesses more than anyone else in the world. Make your resolutions believable… to you!

4. Do some reverse engineering. Set a specific deadline for a goal and work backwards. Plan everything from now to that target date. Weekly plan works better.

These are simple, but proven tips. Try it out. Everyone in MoolaMania wish you and your family wonderful new year and prosperous days ahead! 2015 will be a pretty decent year for U.S. stock market. Plan well and profit well!

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