Tips For Tax Season From Satellite Star Internet

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Take taxes online in 2010 to save time and money.

With average tax refunds up nearly 10 percent this year, many Americans are rushing to file early, and to file online. Approximately two-thirds of Americans used the Internet to file taxes last year and those numbers are expected to rise once again this April. Satellite Star Internet, an authorized dealer for HughesNet Satellite Internet, offers tips for making the most of online tax filing this year.

The first step taxpayers should take when they get online this year is to visit and look for the recently released Recovery Act Tax Savings Tool. This interactive site, released just last week, is designed to help tax payers get the most out of their refunds. By simply filling out a questionnaire about filing status, salary range, recent home purchases and college expenses, taxpayers can find credits offered to them through Recovery Act legislation.

Another tool for filing online also comes from the government. A partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance has made a free online tax filing program available to anyone making less than $57,000 per year. Visit for more details, and to find a list of authorized websites that offer free tax return software.

Those who do not qualify for free software can still save time and money by purchasing existing products on the market. Tax filing software is offered through companies such as TurboTax, TaxACT and H&R Block, and can offer a quick and secure way to file taxes electronically. Compare prices of several different Web sites for last-minute deals. And don’t forget to check out what they are charging for state returns.

Perhaps the biggest incentive to file online this year is the fact that refunds are, on average, $240 more per person than they were last year. When taxpayers file online, they can expect refund checks to be sent in as little as one week. And, of course, there is no postage necessary.

With the majority of Americans filing online, it is important to remember basic Internet security. Taxpayers should be sure to use a fast, reliable connection when using tax software or sharing sensitive information online. Those with dial-up connections should consider switching to satellite Internet, which is available throughout the country and offers more reliable speed and security. And never use a public or shared computer for sensitive information.

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