Earn Miles & Points for Online Tax Preparation

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If you are anything like my family, “free time” on weekends this time of the year are sometimes dedicated to a super fun task… doing our taxes.  So, in case you are spending some of your weekend “free time” working on taxes, I wanted to make sure that you make that task a little better by earning miles and points in the process.  This post is dedicated specifically to earning miles and points on your online tax preparation by using H&R Block or TurboTax.

HRBlock.com

If you use H&R Block online, here are some of your points earning options:

AAdvantage eShopping Mall: 10 miles per dollar

Choice Privileges Online Mall: 17 points per dollar

Delta SkyMiles Shopping: 15 miles per dollar

Hawaiian Airlines XtraMiles Shopping: 9.5 miles per dollar

Marriott Rewards ShopMyWay: 15 points per dollar

Priority Club: 10 points per dollar

Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping: 8 points per dollar

US Airways Dividend Miles Shopping: 6 miles per dollar

United MileagePlus Shopping: 6 miles per dollar

Chase Ultimate Rewards: 15 miles per dollar

TurboTax.com

If you use Turbo Tax online, here are some of your points earning options:

AAdvantage eShopping Mall: 8 miles per dollar

Choice Privileges Online Mall: 11 points per dollar

Delta SkyMiles Shopping: 5 miles per dollar

Hawaiian Airlines XtraMiles Shopping: 7.5 miles per dollar

Marriott Rewards ShopMyWay: 10 points per dollar

Priority Club: 8 points per dollar

Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping: 5 points per dollar or for an even better deal, you can earn 1,000 points by using this link.

US Airways Dividend Miles Shopping: 4 miles per dollar

United MileagePlus Shopping: 4 miles per dollar

Chase Ultimate Rewards: 8 miles per dollar

Amex Membership Rewards: 3 points per dollar

I personally used the Ultimate Rewards portal and earned 15 extra points per dollar for our taxes with H&R Block online.  If I were going the Turbo Tax route, I would likely choose either the 1,000 Southwest points or the Ultimate Rewards portal for 8 extra points per dollar.  If you need more info about the Ultimate Rewards portal, you can check out this post

It has been pointed out that the 1,000 points from Southwest using TurboTax are awarded even if you qualify for filing your taxes for free, so that is a great deal for those of you who have family members that can file online for free!  Additionally, don’t worry if you have started your taxes already without going through a portal.  Just make sure to go through the portal when you actually check-out and pay to file.

Let me know what other miles and points deals you have found related to taxes.  I have already done my taxes, but I am sure there are many others who can benefit from what you might have found!

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  1. Just a quick follow up note pertaining to the 1000 Southwest bonus points. There is no spend necessary for earning the bonus points, which is great way for anyone who only needs to file a 1040 simple tax return. File through the posted Turbo Tax link, provide your Rapid Rewards information and earn 1000 points. It has worked great for my two kids who had to file simple returns. They filed free via the link on Turbo Tax and the bonus Southwest points posted within a week. It was a very easy way to add 1000 points to their accounts for something they had to do anyway.

  2. Doing your taxes can be very tricky unless it is something very simple. My understanding is that you also have one or more businesses besides personal taxes and if you did it all by yourself online, then I am really impressed.

    However my comfort level is not that great and I always feel intimated by IRS. I think I have done taxes once or twice by myself ever.

  3. This is really waste of money in most cases. You can get huge discounts on the prices of these websites normally. BoA and Cap One give 35% off turbotax.com prices. Worth more in many cases than getting the miles for it.

  4. I filed 2012 taxes using HRBlock.com going thru Chase ultimate rewards. Using the delux software, my total expense filing for both federal and state came out to be 67.42 earning 1012 UR points.
    I think that was reasonable since I paid only 12 dollars more than last year and without any UR points.

  5. I agree w/ Caveman, but only because I’m a tax professional! 😉

    If someone is running a sole prop business (especially with kids!), there are a multitude of tax benefits that do-it-yourself tax software won’t necessarily guide you through or ask you about. All of which can double-dip as backdoor college savings opportunities. Feel free to contact me for any general information!

    And generally speaking I have to agree w/ those who can find discount pricing for the tax software elsewhere. I think that you have to do a real cost-benefit analysis between how much you value the various miles vs. how much “real” money you can save.

    That all being said, thank you as always MP for researching the different options for those of us who read your blog and appreciate your work!

    neil@ba-taxservice.com

  6. @Clare, great point! I updated the post to reflect that. Thanks!

    @caveman, we have always done our own, but this may have been the last year we did our own. It is going more and more involved for sure.

    @BothofUs2, I’m not sure. I know the 1,000 SW points are awarded even if you filed for free, but I am assuming you actually had to file.

    @Asen, it is important to compare discounts. We had a coupon code sent to us directly from HRBlock.com that we were able to use in addition to going through the portal, but always make sure you are getting the best overall deal possible.

    @Sreeman, I agree that it is nice to get points for something you would have done with or without points!

    @Neil, I agree you always have to compare miles and points vs other discount portals. I used a coupon and went through a portal, so it worked out well for me, but everyone needs to compare for themselves. As to filing online vs with a pro – as I told Caveman, I think this was likely our last year to do it by ourselves. When life starts to get overly complicated with multiple houses, kids, businesses, etc…. going the online route may not always be the most beneficial. 😉 But, for those who are filing online – at least make sure to get some sort of discount or go through some portal!

  7. Southwest 1000 pts was very easy and is worth 16.66 in Wanna Get Away Fares, which is over 50 percent off the 30 dollar filing fee.

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