TurboTax Giving $100,000 To Charities via Facebook

TurboTax, the tax filing-software company, is getting into the holiday spirit by giving away $100,000 to charities of consumers’ choosing on Facebook. TurboTax promotes charitable giving at the end of each year to help people secure last minute tax savings. This year, they are taking things one step further by launching Giving Gives Back on Facebook and donating $5 in consumers’ names to causes ranging from emergency preparedness to lending a helping hand to America’s youth.



You can donate to your favorites by “Liking” TurboTax on Facebook and selecting your charity here.


Included below is the release explaining the charity giveaway.



SAN DIEGO – December 7, 2010 – Tis’ the season for spreading holiday cheer. Not only will charitable contributions help those in need, in many cases, it can boost your tax refund as well.



“There are a number of ways to save money and give back. Charitable donations made before Dec. 31 can be an easy way to lower your tax bill and give back to the community,” said Bob Meighan, CPA and vice president of TurboTax.


Tips for Making Giving Give Back:


· Think about it: Consider the types of charities you want to give to. What really moves you and makes you want to give?


· Make it count: Before you open your wallet, open your browser. A quick search will help you pick an organization that is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions so that your contributions count.


· Act fast: Dec. 31, 2010 is the deadline for making charitable contributions count on this year’s tax return.


· Don’t forget the little stuff: Some out-of-pocket expenses like parking, supplies and mileage driven to and from volunteering at a qualifying charity are deductible.


· Keep documentation: Make sure to keep receipts for both cash and in-kind charitable donations. Every receipt should include the charity name, date, amount of your donation and the resale value of any items you may have received for your contribution.


Let TurboTax Donate for You


Through Dec. 31, 2010, TurboTax will donate up to $100,000 to a selection of charities on behalf of consumers. Causes range from emergency preparedness to lending a helping hand to America’s youth. Simply visit the TurboTax Facebook Page or givinggivesback.com to find out how you can have TurboTax donate $5 to the charity you select. For tax tips and tricks all season, visit the TurboTax Blog.


About TurboTax


TurboTax is the nation’s No. 1 rated, best-selling, do-it-yourself tax preparation software. Available on desktop, online and mobile, TurboTax helps more than 20 million people a year easily and accurately claim every deduction and credit they’re entitled to, so they get the biggest tax refund possible. For more information, visit the TurboTax press room.


About Intuit
Intuit Inc. is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses; financial institutions, including banks and credit unions; consumers and accounting professionals. Its flagship products and services, including QuickBooks®, Quicken® and TurboTax®, simplify small business management and payroll processing, personal finance, and tax preparation and filing. ProSeries® and Lacerte® are Intuit’s leading tax preparation offerings for professional accountants. Intuit Financial Services helps banks and credit unions grow by providing on-demand solutions and services that make it easier for consumers and businesses to manage their money.
Founded in 1983, Intuit had annual revenue of $3.5 billion in its fiscal year 2010. The company has approximately 7,700 employees with major offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India and other locations. More information can be found at www.intuit.com.


Intuit, the Intuit logo and TurboTax, among others, are registered trademarks and/or registered service marks of Intuit Inc. in the United States and other countries.





Day 30 of 30Days/30 Ways to GIVE: Make a Difference, Everyday!

We’ve reached the end of our “30 Days/30 Ways to Give” program.  I thank you all for taking part in this inititiave during National Volunteer Month and I hope you each take something away, that you can do in your daily life, from this blog.

Mother Theresa once said, “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” Consider these words as you silence that little voice that says, “But I’m only one person,” and remember that small actions and decisions can add up to great change. There are thousands of people out there who feel the same way you do, who want to leave our world a better place—with everyday philanthropy, perhaps we can.

Stay tuned…

Day 17 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: ADOPT AN ANIMAL

Did you know that nearly 85% of pets in shelters and rescue programs were given up over resolvable issues? According to a recent Petfinder.com survey, 84 percent of animal adoption organizations reported having adoptable pets who were relinquished because of issues that could have been resolved with proper training and resources.

Today’s Give Back Action: Adopt a Pet

Petfinder.com, is the oldest and largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet. The site currently has more than 295,500 homeless pets listed, and it is updated continuously. More than 13,200 animal welfare organizations in the U.S., Canada, and other countries post their pets on the site. You can learn before you adopt, search for adoptable pets, find adoption groups, post a pet classified ad, or sign up to be a volunteer. Pet seekers can enter their search criteria, such as size, gender, breed and age, and get back a list of adoptable pets ranked in proximity to the searcher’s Zip code. It gives potential adopters a photograph, a description of the animal and contact information. Since Petfinder is updated on a daily basis, you can keep checking back or save your query so they’ll send you an automatic e-mail when new pets are added that match your search. You can also search by using the breed list or look for a pet in the classified section.

Click here to find a shelter animal awaiting adoption!

Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!!

~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.


A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.


Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back

Day 12 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: ITS TREASURE, NOT TRASH

One of the single best ways to make a difference without too much time and effort is to reuse, recycle and donate as much stuff as possible to charitable organizations.

Today’s Give Back Action – Think outside the landfill.

Bring your old running shoes into Nike stores that are hosting the Reuse-a-Shoe program (nikereuseashoe.com). They’ll turn the shoes into surface material for playgrounds, basketball courts, and running tracks for children!

Donate old eyeglasses to organizations like OneSight (onesight.org) and Unite for Sight (uniteforsight.org) who will distribute them amongst needy people who can’t afford them.

If you have a junk drawer full of coupons, comb through the expired ones (up to six months past expiration) and donate them to The Overseas Coupon program (ocpnet.org) which serves military families in overseas bases.

Before you trash anything, look at the charitable potential!

Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!!

~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.



A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.


Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back