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This Earth Day, let’s get really big stuff done for our planet.
What are we waiting for? The time is now.
We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action.
In 1970, the year of our first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Forty-six years later, we continue to lead with groundbreaking ideas and by the power of our example.
And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22, 2016. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand.
This Earth Day and beyond, let’s make big stuff happen. Let’s plant 7.8 billion trees for the Earth. Let’s divest from fossil fuels and make cities 100% renewable. Let’s take the momentum from the Paris Climate Summit and build on it.
Let’s start now. And let’s not stop.
The Good Earth (1974)
The Good Earth is an album released in 1974 by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.
Track 1 was originally done by Gary Wright on his second solo-album, while tracks 2 and 3 are originally by Australian progressive rock band Spectrum.
Early owners of one copy of this album were entitled to rights over one square foot of the earth situated at Llanerchyrfa in the County of Brecon, Wales in Great Britain. The inner sleeve included a coupon that had to be sent for registration. This was part of the promotion activities linked to the album that had ecological inspirations. There was no swindle and thousands of fans were registered. Registration could be done on or before 31st December, 1975.
From TurboTax discounts to tax service deals — here’s how to save money on your taxes.
- February 3, 2016
There are more ways for Americans to file taxes than ever before. Increased competition between filing services and software providers drives up the number of tax-filing deals available in the 2016 tax season. Saving money up front is always good, but when choosing a service remember that tax mistakes made by a cheap provider could cost you far more in the long term.
“Everyone wants to save money during tax season,” said tax accountant Michael Eckstein of EcksteinTaxServices.com. “But, that doesn’t mean you should use the cheapest tax preparer or tax software. When hiring a preparer or purchasing software, remember that you often get what you pay for. The cheapest preparer may not be the most knowledgeable and the cheapest program may not work the best.”
Here are 19 tax-filing deals that will help you save the most — and get the most back — when you file your taxes.
1. Absolute Zero: About 60 million taxpayers qualify for Absolute Zero. This program is in its second year and lets some taxpayers file both their federal 1040EZ/A and state taxes for free with no hidden fees. To qualify, you must not:
- Own a home or rental property
- Earn more than $100,000 per year
- Profit from the sale of investments
- File a 1099 or own a business
- Owe money for major medical expenses
2. Deluxe: Designed to help maximize your federal return, TurboTax Deluxe is now $34.99 instead of $54.99. Aside from a free e-file, services include deduction finder, guidance for homeowners, audit risk meter and live on-screen help.
3. Premier: TurboTax has reduced the price of this service, which is geared toward taxpayers with investments and rental properties, from $79.99 to $54.99. Features include rental depreciation examination, donation deductions and the ability to import investment information from thousands of financial firms.
4. Home & Business: Small business owners and sole proprietors can pay the reduced price of $79.99 for this service, which was previously priced at $104.99. Features include employee tax forms, vehicle deductions and small-business deductions.
The above are just for federal taxes — minus Absolute Zero of course — as the additional state filing service is $36.99 instead of $39.99. A representative from TurboTax said no decision has been made about when prices will increase, but Investment News reported that free services often disappear by February, and prices increase again in the last week of March.
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5. Basic: Discounted from $24.99 to $21.24, this service helps taxpayers import their previous year’s data.
6. Deluxe: Reduced from $34.99 to $29.74, the Deluxe option is designed for homeowners and investors.
7. Premium: Aimed at people who are self employed or who own rental properties, this service has been reduced from $49.99 to $42.49. State filing is an additional fee of $36.99 with Premium filing.
All discounts are valid until April 18. Both Deluxe and Premium come with a 10 percent bonus if you choose to put some or all of your federal refund on a gift card, giving you even more money back. Basic offers a 5 percent bonus if you choose to put some or all of your federal refund on a gift card.
8. Free state and federal 1040EZ/A: For those filing simple 1040EZ/A forms, both federal and state returns are free.
9. State returns for just $14.99: Optional state returns are $14.99, compared to $36.99 at TurboTax and H&R Block.
Although there is no price increase currently scheduled, TaxAct reserves the right to raise prices. Their Price Lock Guarantee, however, ensures that you will pay the same price that was quoted to you when you began the process, no matter when you choose to file.
Even Bigger Discounts
10. FreeTaxUSA: FreeTaxUSA offers a Free Edition for cost-free federal filing, and a Deluxe Edition that includes extra services like free amending and priority customer support for just $5.95. Both services offer optional state services for just $12.95.
Learn: How to Get a Tax Extension
11. MyFreeTaxes: Backed by the United Way and H&R Block, MyFreeTaxes offers free federal filing for taxpayers who earn less than $62,000 a year.
12. ezTaxReturn: This service offers free federal filing for taxpayers who earn less than $60,000 a year and live in a qualifying state.
13. Taxslayer: This service offers 50 percent off both federal and state tax returns for active-duty personnel using Classic or Premium services.
14. TurboTax: Military members get free federal and state filing with Free or Deluxe editions when filing E1 — E5. It also includes at least $5 off Premiere or Home & Business editions, as well as all federal products for E6 and up. Just use your military W-2 to verify your rank and your discount will be applied once you file.
More Tax Software Deals and Coupons
15. Fidelity: Up to $20 off TurboTax, both online and desktop versions, to both Fidelity customers and non-Fidelity customers. TurboTax/Fidelity link here.
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5 Ways to Save Even More Money on Your Taxes
While these deals, discounts and freebies will help you save when filing your taxes this year, don’t forget about the extra tax deductions and credits that might apply to your situation. From going green to medical expenses — and a lot in between — there are many tax write-offs you don’t want to miss. Related: Tax Deductions 2016: List of 50 Tax Write-Offs You Don’t Know About
Facts & Figures About the Holiday of Easter
Did you know that religion historians believe that the holiday of Easter originated with the pagan festival of Eastre, a Saxon celebration of spring and fertility?
Did you know that thousands of Christian pilgrims converge on Jerusalem every year to celebrate the Holy Week of Easter?
Did you know that Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of painting ashes on the forehead as a sign of repentance?
Did you know that in Russia, Easter eggs are dyed on Holy Thursday?
Did you know that in Greece, children and adults alike play an egg cracking game called tsougrisma on Easter?
Did you know that Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon of the vernal equinox?
Did you know that the trumpet shape of the Easter Lily is considered symbolic of the heralding of Jesus on his triumphant entry into Jerusalem?
Did you know that 95 percent of the world’s Easter Lilies are produced by just ten growers along the California-Oregon border?
Did you now that Palm Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday in many Orthodox churches?
Did you know that in many Catholic churches, Good Friday services begin at precisely 3 o’clock?
Did you know that Americans eat more candy at Easter than at any other holiday besides Halloween?
Did you know that the most popular Easter confection is Marshmallow Peeps?
Did you know that eating Easter candy is a relatively modern tradition?
Did you know that the most popular treat to hide inside an Easter egg is jellybeans?
Did you know that over one billion Easter eggs are hunted every year in America?
Did you know that ham is the most commonly served meat at Easter dinners in America?
And Then There’s Homer!