The Bright Side To Filing Your Taxes

This post is sponsored by the team at 1040.com. All opinions are my own. 

Tax season. The time of year that strikes fear into the hearts of small business owners everywhere. Or at least mine. Though I track income and expenses religiously, pay my estimated taxes quarterly, and do everything right, I'm still always a little freaked out that I'm going to miss something important when I file (or get audited. I've had nightmares about IRS audits.).

I've resigned myself to the fact that I'm always going to be a bit stressed about taxes, and I'll take any little ray of sunshine that I can find to make the hassle just a little bit less dramatic. This year, that ray of sunshine appeared as an email from 1040.com, a give-back online tax filing service. I'm a big believer in the idea of doing a little bit of good with your mundane, every day decisions, something I've written about here on the blog many times, and I think it's so cool that something as simple as clicking over to a different tax filing website than the one you usually use can result in a donation to a worthy cause. 

Here are 4 reasons to feel great about filing your taxes with 1040.com. 

1. Your tax return will give back. 
$2 per return (even if your return is free and you don't pay a cent!) is donated to Healing Waters International to provide clean water to communities without current access to a safe water source. Read more about why clean water is so important on the 1040.com website! Last year 1040.com donated 2.6 million gallons of clean water. That's a whole year of clean water for almost 15,000 people.

2. Say it with me: transparent pricing.
Have you ever started filing your taxes through one of the "free" services online, spent time filling in all your information, and then discovered that your return isn't free anymore? 1040.com won't sneakily bump up the price for your return with hidden fees- all of their pricing information is displayed prominently on their website for anyone to view. Simple returns are free, but some returns may move up a pricing tier based on their complexity. Satisfaction is guaranteed! 

3. You won't need to worry about messing up. 
Unlike some online tax filing services, 1040.com is easy for small business owners to use. The system will prompt you to enter 1099-MISC information, it supports all related forms for business filers (Schedule C, Office in Home, Depreciation, etc…), and 1040.com's tax guide is a great resource to get help along the way. Developing a track catered specifically to small business owners is in the works for 1040.com next year (yippee!), and in the meantime, all guarantees and resources are available to every customer regardless of occupation.

4. You'll be in good hands.
The 1040.com team is composed of real, friendly, helpful people who care about sustainability and ethics. 1040.com's headquarters are in Franklin, NC, deep in the Appalachian mountains. The company culture is steeped in nature, conservation, and community service. When North Carolina experienced a heavy drought and wildfires, 1040.com's parent company cleared an entire building for the firefighters to headquarter and sleep in and provided computers, phones, and internet. The 1040.com team is also hands-on with the international work that they support through donations to Healing Water International, traveling to Guatemala to see the impact of those donations first hand. 

If filing your taxes is on your to-do list, why not file them through 1040.com